Vickery Defeats Duval in Australian Open Wildcard Playoff Final

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Sachia Vickery

 

Sachia Vickery earned an emphatic victory over American talent Victoria Duval to earn a wild card spot in the 2014 Australian Open main draw. She earned the coveted main draw berth with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over the tournament favourite, who had not dropped a set heading into the final.

Both players appeared to be quite nervous at the start of the match, with both working hard to hold their service games. While Duval was usually able to get herself out of tough games, she was unable to control her fate against Vickery, who swarmed her for a 4-2 lead and then followed up with another break to snatch the set 6-2.

The second set was not much more competitive as Duval failed to win more than three games, even though she had upped her aggression and shots at the net. Vickery continued to gain confidence as the match progressed and simply overwhelmed Duval in the majority of their rallies, eventually taking the second set 6-3 to secure her spot in the Australian Open main draw.

The 18-year-old Vickery, who is in the main draw of a major for the second time in her career after reaching the second round of the US Open, admit that the win was one of her proudest accomplishments.

“I think a week and a half from now when I’m in in Auckland playing then it will hit me when I’m playing a match,” Vickery said. “But now I can’t process anything.

I’m just so happy to be in the tournament (Melbourne). I wasn’t supposed to be in this tournament and I barely got in. I mean I can’t ask for anything else. I’m just happy to be there.”

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