TALKING WITH... BEA BIELIK
March 19, 2002

Note: On May 25th, Bea Bielik became the first Wake Forest Player, and the first Long Islander, to win the NCAA Women's Singles Championships. She was also awarded the 2002 ITA National Player Of The Year Award.

Bea Bielik
Twenty-one year old Bea Bielik has remained in the No. 1 spot of the Omni Intercollegiate singles rankings since she began her Junior year in September. She has recently added the number one doubles position (with partner Janet Bergman) to her resume as she helped lead the Wake Forest women to their highest ranking position ever -- second in the nation.

Beatrix Bielik was born in Budapest, Hungary and grew up in Valley Stream on Long Island. While she trained at Point Set Indoor Racquet Club and the Bethpage Park Tennis Center, she was frequently here at the Port Washington Tennis Academy playing tournaments. In 1997, Bea climbed to seven in the final USTA National Girls' 18 Rankings and won the New York State Singles Championship for Hewlett High School. She then went on to play international junior events and won the ITF tournament in Yucatan. It was on the ITF Junior Circuit that Bea was up against the player she calls "the best player I've ever faced" -- the top junior at the time -- Anna Kournikova.

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