Nikki played in the USTA Florida Level 5 Jaimes Tennis Girl’s 14s & 12s Tournament this weekend in Pembroke Pines, Florida, November 22-24, 2014.
Nikki, at 11 years and 2 months old, has been playing up in the G16’s and G18’s the past 2 months and came into this tournament as the number 2 seed.
Because of rain delays the entire weekend, all matches went to short sets starting at 2-2:
32 (2) Nikki Yanez d. Karina Dergunova 6-2; 6-3
16 (2) Nikki Yanez d. Mariana Ossa 7-5; 6-3
Q (2) Nikki Yanez d. Anique Kattenberg 6-4; 6-2
SF (2) Nikki Yanez d. Katarina Neff 6-2; 6-3
F (2) Nikki Yanez d. (3) Ariel Johnson 6-2; 6-0
Nikki lost 10 games in the 5 rounds, most importantly Nikki only lost 3 games in the second set of the entire tournament. She has been working on getting stronger as the match progresses. This weekend, Nikki really showed all of her hard work come into play.
The Final with #3 seed Ariel Johnson was a 6-2, 6-0 victory, making this the 2nd Level 5 Tournament Win this year!