Miramar teen to compete in US Open
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MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida teen is set to swing her racket at a major tennis tournament.
"It is unreal. I'm playing my first grand slam," said Sachia Vickery. "It's what I dreamed about my whole life. Since I started playing tennis, I've always wanted to play in the US Open main draw."
Sachia is headed from a court in Miramar to the biggest stage of her career in Queens, New York for the US Open, on Aug. 26.
The teen's mother said her daughter's dedication, drive and talent earned her the wild card spot after winning the Girls 18s USTA National Team Championship in San Diego last week. "I knew she would do something athletically, because when she was a premie, she was 3 pounds and in an incubator and already had muscle tone in her arms," said Paula Liverpool.
The 18-year-old is still one of the smallest tennis players on the tour, but Sachia says, "I don't think size, it matters a little bit but once you get to a certain point, it's not that important."
Growing up, Vickery wanted to be the next Serena Williams and they too started playing at a young age. "My mom bought her a dollar racket for her. She started hitting it against the wall and broke my mom's bedroom window," said Liverpool. "I said, 'No, we've got to find some way to channel this energy.'"
Sachia started playing tennis at Pembroke Lakes Tennis Center. Her journey has often been a struggle. As a single parent, Liverpool worked two jobs to get her daughter everything she needs to succeed. "It shows that hard work pays off," said Liverpool. "She has heart, and that's what you need."
All that hard work is paying off so much, Sachia is looking forward to great plans. "Definitely next year. I'm playing Australian, Wimbledon and France, so, yeah, this is just the beginning."
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