Number one seeds hang on to their top billing at the prestigious Aegon Teen Tennis in Bolton. However, while Nikola Milojevic of Serbia barely had a hitch in his 6-1; 6-3 triumph over the Brit, Evan Hoyt (6), the all-American girl's final between Sachia Vickery and her best friend Vicky Duval (8) had more than a touch of drama.
Sachia came back to win in both sets. Down in the first, she managed to break back, even though Vicky was serving at 4-3, 40-love. The hard hitting 8th seed dictated play in almost every point, slamming balls into the corners and sending the top seed lunging and stretching along the baseline. The second set was almost the same, with Vicky charging to a 5-2 lead, with two breaks in hand, before Sachia once again fought her way back to win the roller coaster, 6-4; 7-5.
"I was really really determined and I didn't want to give up anymore free points," Sachia said. "I was just thinking, 'stay in the point, stay in the point' and try to attack because I was on defense a lot. I tried to stay with her and keep fighting every point and I came back. At 6-5 I kind of knew I got this."
The two friends hugged in a very emotional moment after the match
"It's hard to see her like that after," said Sachia, who trains with Vicky at the Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton. "I really fought today and she knows it. She gave her best and we both did, but we are still going to be best friends no matter what. I really wanted to win this match. I am just going to keep practicing for Les Petits As and hopefully I can win that too."
Surprisingly both finals ended about the same time, with the boy's final finishing just moments before the girls'.
"I played better before, but there is pressure in the final, always," said Nikola after winning his second Tennis Europe event. "This is my first category one and it feels good."