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Sachia Vickery

Sachia Vickery
Vickery US Open Qualifying.jpg
Sachia Vickery at the 2017 US Open Qualifying
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceHollywood, Florida
Born (1995-05-11) May 11, 1995 (age 24)
Hollywood
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro2011
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachNabil Badek
Prize money$1,128,452
Singles
Career record247-199 (55.4%)
Career titles0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 73 (July 30, 2018)
Current rankingNo. 149 (July 29, 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2019)
French Open1R (2016, 2018)
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US Open2R (2013, 2017)
Doubles
Career record39-54 (41.9%)
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 230 (July 23, 2018)
Current rankingNo. 275 (July 29, 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US Open1R (2018)
Last updated on: July 29, 2019.

Sachia Vickery (born May 11, 1995) is an American professional tennis player. She first entered the top 100 in 2018 and eventually reached a career-high of No. 73 in the world in the WTA rankings.

Her best results on the WTA Tour came at the 2018 Auckland Open and the 2018 Monterrey Open, where she reached the semifinals. Vickery, a former USTA junior national champion, has also won three singles and two doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.

Early life and background

Vickery was born in Florida to Paula Liverpool and Rawle Vickery. Her parents had both lived in Linden, the second largest city in the Caribbean nation of Guyana, and her mother is originally from the small mining town of Kwakwani. Her mother ran track in high school and her father was a professional soccer player. She also has an older brother named Dominique Mitchell who played college football at South Carolina State University. Through her former stepfather Derrick Mitchell, she is acquainted with LeBron James and considers his mother Gloria to be "like an aunt to her."[1][2][3]

Her parents divorced when she was young, leaving Liverpool to raise her as a single mother. Her mother, who had been a school teacher in Guyana, at one point worked full-time during the day in the admissions office at Kaplan University and full-time at night as a bartender in a dangerous part of Miami to help pay for Vickery's tennis lessons. Once Vickery started to produce strong results at junior tournaments, she began training at the IMG Academy. While she was in Miami, she also worked with Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena, for a summer. After a year, she then moved to France to train at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy for several years. By the time she was 18, she had moved back to Florida to be at the USTA National Training Center in Boca Raton.[2][3][4]

Junior career

Vickery reached a career-high ITF junior ranking of No. 6 in the world. She recorded her first big result on the junior circuit when she reached the final of the Grade 1 USTA International Spring Championships in 2010 at 14 years old.[5] The following year, she reached the semifinals of the Orange Bowl.[6] To start the 2012 season, Vickery picked up her only Grade 1 tournament win at the Copa del Cafe in Costa Rica.[7] She played in her last ITF junior tournament that November. Vickery finished her junior career by winning both the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Junior National Championship the following summer, which also clinched her two wild cards into the singles and doubles main draws at the US Open.[8]

Professional career

Early years

Sachia Vickery at 2015 French Open qualifying

Vickery played her first professional-level match in 2009 at an $10K tournament in Evansville, where she reached the semifinals.[9] In 2011, she was awarded a wildcard into qualifying at the Citi Open in Washington, but lost her first match.

As the 2013 USTA junior national champion, Vickery earned a wildcard to compete in the main draw of the US Open. She beat former Wimbledon semifinalist Mirjana Lu?i?-Baroni for her first WTA tour-level win in her first tour-level match.[4] This put Vickery into the top 200 of the WTA rankings for the first time. She would consistently remain in the top 200 for the next four and a half years, aside for two weeks in 2016, but did not move into the top 100 until March 2018.[10][11]

In 2014, Vickery earned another main-draw wildcard, this time for the Australian Open. She would go on to lose in the first round to fellow American Lauren Davis. Early in 2015, Vickery won her first two ITF pro circuit titles in back-to-back weeks in her home state of Florida, both of which came on clay. Vickery made two WTA quarterfinal appearances over these two years, one at Stanford in 2014 and another at Nottingham in 2015. She reached the main draw through qualifying at both events. Vickery also qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon in 2015 and the French Open in 2016.

Vickery made it through qualifying at the US Open and defeated Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the first round for her first Grand Slam main-draw match-win in four years.[12] She followed this up with the biggest tournament win of her career at the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open, a $60K event.[13]

2018: Top 100

At the Auckland Open in January, Vickery made it to her first WTA semifinal, the best result of her career. She knocked out defending champion Lauren Davis and former world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska along the way before losing to world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki.[14] She backed up this performance by qualifying for the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, where she upset world No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza for the biggest win of her career. She then lost to the eventual champion Naomi Osaka in the third round. Before the tournament she had been ranked for the first time in the top 100. With the result, she rose to a new career-high of No. 89 in the world.[10][11] Vickery closed out the early-year hard court season by reaching her second semifinal, this time at the Monterrey Open.[15]

ITF finals

Singles: 6 (3-3)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (0-0)
$80,000 tournaments (0-0)
$60,000 tournaments (1-0)
$25,000 tournaments (2-2)
$10,000 tournaments (0-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-3)
Clay (2-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jan 2011 ITF Le Gosier, Guadeloupe $10K Hard United States Gail Brodsky 3-6, 6-2, 2-6
Win 1-1 Jan 2015 ITF Plantation, United States $25K Clay United States Samantha Crawford 6-3, 6-1
Win 2-1 Jan 2015 ITF Surprise, United States $25K Clay Spain Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
Loss 2-2 Oct 2016 ITF Redding, United States $25K Hard Canada Françoise Abanda 6-3, 4-6, 4-6
Win 3-2 Oct 2017 ITF Templeton, United States $60K Hard United States Jamie Loeb 6-1, 6-2
Loss 3-3 Nov 2017 ITF Norman, United States $25K Hard United States Danielle Collins 6-1, 3-6, 4-6

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (0-1)
$80,000 tournaments (0-0)
$60,000 tournaments (1-1)
$25,000 tournaments (1-1)
$15,000 tournaments (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-2)
Clay (0-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Feb 2013 ITF Surprise, United States $25K Hard United States Samantha Crawford United States Emily J. Harman
China Xu Yifan
6-3, 3-6, [10-7]
Loss 1-1 Mar 2014 ITF Innisbrook, United States $25K Clay United States Allie Kiick Italy Gioia Barbieri
United States Julia Cohen
6-7(5-7), 0-6
Loss 1-2 Jul 2014 ITF Carson, United States $60K Hard United States Samantha Crawford Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
Australia Olivia Rogowska
6-7(4-7), 1-6
Loss 1-3 Feb 2015 ITF Midland, United States $100K Hard (i) United States Jacqueline Cako France Julie Coin
United Kingdom Emily Webley-Smith
6-4, 6-7, [9-11]
Win 2-3 Jul 2019 ITF Berkeley, United States $60K Hard United States Madison Brengle United States Francesca Di Lorenzo
United Kingdom Katie Swan
6-3, 7-5

Singles performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2019 US Open

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A Q3 Q1 Q1 2R 0 / 2 1-2
French Open A Q1 Q1 1R Q1 1R Q2 0 / 2 0-2
Wimbledon A Q1 1R Q1 Q2 2R Q1 0 / 2 1-2
US Open 2R Q1 1R Q1 2R 1R Q2 0 / 4 2-4
Win-Loss 1-1 0-1 0-2 0-1 1-1 1-3 1-1 0 / 10 4-10
Overall Win-Loss 1-1 2-5 5-7 4-5 5-5 8-3 4-7 29-33
Year-end ranking 190 195 130 139 116 96 47%

Wins over top 10 players

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score SVR
2018
1. Spain Garbiñe Muguruza No. 3 BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells Hard 2R 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 No. 100

References

  1. ^ "Tennis star Sachia Vickery returns 'home'". Guyana Chronicle. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Sachia Vickery, Playing It Safe With Her Money, Playing to Win on the Tennis Court". Black Enterprise. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b WALDSTEIN, DAVID. "Facing Danger to Aid Daughter". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Sachia Vickery -- Once Touted As 'The Next Serena Williams' -- Wins Her U.S. Open Debut". The Post Game. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Southern California Wild Cards Kosakowski and Hardebeck Capture International Spring Championships Smith and Daigle Take 16s Titles". Tennis Recruiting. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Thiem and Kontaveit Take Grade A Orange Bowl Titles; Chung and Routliffe Win 16s Championships". Tennis Recruiting. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Sachia Vickery wins 48th Copa del Café U-18 tennis title". Kaieteur News. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Black History Month Profile: Sachia Vickery". USTA. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Catching Up: Other Clay Champions; Cox Turns Pro; Strode, Lumpkin Win on Pro Circuit; Mayotte Hired by USTA". Zoo Tennis. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Sachia Vickery Just Had The Best Week Of Her Career". Tennis.com. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ a b "World No. 100 Sachia Vickery Stuns Garbine Muguruza In Indian Wells". Tennis.com. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Young Sofia Kenin Gets Monkey Off Back, Beats Davis For First Slam Win". Tennis.com. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Sachia Vickery Beats Jamie LoebTo Win First Annual Central Coast Pro Tennis Open". Tennis View Magazine. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "WTA Auckland: Sachia Vickery stuns Agnieszka Radwanska in clinical display". Vavel. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Monterrey roundup: Former champion Babos blasts into SFs". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2018.

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