Champions were crowned on Tuesday at the 55th Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, as the week long event came to a close.
Alexa Noel of Summit, New Jersey entered the tournament as an unseeded player and leaves as the winner of the Girls’ 14U division. Her consistent and solid play, with the ability to control and harness her emotions, shined bright throughout the week and was on display during the nearly two hours and forty-five minute finals match.
Noel defeated 3-seed Qinwen Zheng of China 6-3; 2-6; 6-4 to finish off her incredible week in Miami.
“This means a lot,” Noel said. “I’ve never really done well here so I had a little bit more motivation. I went match-by-match, rather than worrying about things that I can’t control.”
In the Girls’ 12U division, American 2-seed Cori Gauff completed a phenomenal week in south Florida with a straight sets championship victory over fellow American and 4-seed Katrina Scott. The spark plug Scott pushed Gauff about as hard as she had been tested this week, but Gauff took the title 6-4; 7-6(4).
“It means everything,” Gauff said. “This is my third time competing and I’m glad I was finally able to win it. It was one of my goals I had for the year.”
The Boys’ 12U division title was quite the battle between Raleigh, North Carolina native Victor Lilov and Fort Lauderdale product Bruno Kuzuhara. Lilov dropped the first set 0-6 before storming back and winning the next two sets 6-2 6-4.
Finally in the Boys’ 14U division, Chinese 1-seed Buyun Chaokete followed his heroic performance from yesterday’s semifinal to take home the ultimate prize. Chaokete beat American Alex Lee 6-4 6-4 on Tuesday afternoon to capture the championship in his division. It was the only finals matchup between two top seeds and Chaokete was the only number one seed to win their respective division.
COMPLETE RESULTS AND TOURNAMENT DRAWS CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=165616
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