2008 USTA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS-GIRLS 18s
Berkeley Tennis Club and the Claremont Resort & Spa
Berkeley, California - August 2-10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008-Day Eight
The best word to describe the match between No. 3 Coco Vanderweghe and No. 13 Julia Boserup was unusual. It was full of contradictions, with long games and short points; winners and errors; and more double faults than I could count. Julia had been playing solid the last few days and I think I expected her to come out with confidence, but it was Coco who had it at the start and a nervous Julia dropped the first, 6-1. In the second, though there were still long games and that dangerous whip forehand from Coco that goes by at lightening speed, it was Julia in control and with her opponent double-faulting as much as three times a game, she had a 6-2 set.
It was anyone's guess what would happen in the third and everything did. The two broke back and fourth and continued to both have service problems. In the end -- over two hours from the start -- it was one break that gave third-seeded CoCo her place in the final.
The semi between the two former New Yorkers started with friendly conversation and smiles for Irina Falconi (4) and Gail Brodsky (1), but it was all business on the court. It was a sign of things to come when the first game went on for nearly 20 minutes, and the ones to follow weren't much shorter. The early breaks went to Irina and she went up to a 4-1 lead. Then the momentum shifted and it was Gail leading the match. She won five games in a row for a 6-4 set, then took the first three games of the next. Irina did pick up one game for 3-1, but that was it and the next few flew by before Gail sealed the match.
It will be a long day on Sunday since the singles finalists are also both doubles finalists, but it will be worth the wait to them as they try to do what no one has since Kristen Schlukebir in 2000 -- earn the U.S. Open wildcard in singles and doubles.
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