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17 year old Lauren Davis is headed to the Aussie Open.

Lauren Davis defeated Coco Vandeweghe, 6-2, 6-2, to win the Australian Open 2010 Wild Card for the main draw.

Davis, currently ranked No. 444 in the WTA world rankings, won all three of her matches over the weekend without dropping a set. The 17 years old trains with the Chris Evert Academy in Boca Raton, and now 27 consecutive matches and 36 of her last 37 matches. She won two ITF Futures events and the recent Dunlop Junior Orange Bowl and the prestigious Eddie Herr Junior Championships. “I think I handled the nerves well and I handled her power and everything she threw at me,” Davis said.

When told she made only eight unforced errors, Davis was shocked. “Really? That wasn’t my strategy at all,” she said. “Of course I wanted to be consistent but I wanted to be aggressive too because if I knew if I didn’t she would just go right through me.” Davis started the match in great form as she twice broke and held serve to go up 3-0. She was then broken back to make it 3-1, but controlled the match from there on out. “All the credit goes to Lauren,” said Vandeweghe’s coach Tom Gullikson. “She set the tone for the match with those first few games. She didn’t miss a ball. She forced Coco to hit a couple three, four, five balls every point and Coco just ended up missing.”


Lauren Davis & George Morgan winners at the Orange Bowl.

In the 18s, American Lauren Davis beat compatriot Grace Kim 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-1 for the title, her 33rd win in her last 34 matches.

On the boys’ side, Alexios Halebian, the sole American, fell 6-1, 6-3 to Jannick Lupescu of Netherlands in the semifinals. Britain’s George Morgan won the title with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Lupescu.

 Allie Kiick, the 15-year-old daughter of former Miami Dolphins standout Jim Kiick, won the 16s with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 win over Catherine Harrison of Germantown, Tenn.

“This was more meaningful to me than winning the Super Bowl, and I mean that,” Jim Kiick told the Miami Herald. “In football, it’s 11 guys, and I expected to win those games. “To see your daughter alone out there, fighting back like that and winning the Super Bowl of junior tennis at 15 is a magnificent thing. I have goose bumps. I was way more nervous here than the Super Bowl because in football, once the first play is run, the butterflies go away. Here, I had no control, and that killed me.”


Girls & Boys Orange Bowl finalists determined.

The Dunlop Orange Bowl girls’ singles final will be an all-American affair as both eighth seed Lauren Davis from Cleveland and unseeded Grace Min from Atlanta won their semifinal rounds on the hard courts of the Crandon Park Tennis Center yesterday. For the third time this year, 17-year-old Lauren Davis had no trouble defeating third seed Monica Puig (PUR) to move into today’s final without having dropped a set so far. “I was determined to win,” said Davis. “I knew what I had to do to win and I did exactly that. My strategy was to be aggressive and try to dictate the points rather than running side to side and just being all defensive.”

Davis started strong and easily secured the first set, never letting Puig play her best tennis from the baseline, and finally triumphing 61 63. “I won the first set playing very well,” said Davis. “I was serving well, dictating the points, and being very tough mentally. I tried not to give Puig any free points but I knew she would come on strong in the second set. The first game of the second set was about 15 minutes long. She ended up winning that game. I had a few break points in that game but I did not get discouraged. I told myself to stay calm and to take one point at a time. Telling myself this really helped. Puig was playing well, but I don’t think that I gave her too many chances.” Davis will play 16-year-old Grace Min for the Orange Bowl girls’ singles title after her fellow country-woman reached the final by virtue of Serbian 13th seed Natalija Kostic’s retirement.. With Min leading 4-0 in the first set, Kostic fell victim to injury when she was forced to change directions quickly, rolling her left ankle and collapsing to the court. The Serbian had a medical timeout but she played just one more point before retiring from the match.

In the boys’ event, ninth seed George Morgan (GBR) and number 12 Jannick Lupescu (NED) will contest the final. 17-year-old Morgan from Bolton, England, who was runner-up at the Argentina Bowl last February, reached his second final of the year on the ITF Junior Circuit by defeating seventh seed Joris De Loore (BEL) in Saturday’s semifinal with an emphatic 62 61 scoreline. “I really played a good match against De Loore,” said Morgan. “I kept my calm and stayed with my tactics throughout the match. That paid off.” Lupescu, a semifinalist at both the Grade 1 Loy Yang Traralgon International and at the Open International Juniors de Beaulieu-sur-Mer this year, finished off unseeded Alexios Halebian (USA) to claimed his spot in the final round. Although Halebian had the support of the home crowd, he was unable to maintain a high level of concentration throughout the match against an impressive and solid Lupescu. The Dutchman easily won the first set and saved a break point at 4-2 in the second with a service winner. He never lost control of the match, finally recording a 61 63 win. “I was a little nervous,” said Lupescu, “and I gave Halebian a few chances to recover but he didn’t take them.”

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