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Duval, Vickery, Johnson and Sandgren to play for USTA Aussie Open wildcards

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There's nothing wrong with spending a relaxing Saturday afternoon watching four competitive tennis matches featuring young American tennis pros with a wildcard to the 2014 Australian Open on the line.

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This weekend in Norcross, Georgia is about "opportunity." An opportunity to play in one of tennis' majors and get some serious momentum going as 2014 is a little over a week away.

Sachia Vickery sees that opportunity. Vickery outlasted Grace Min 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in Min's hometown and moved into Sunday's women's final.

The 2013 USTA Girls' 18 national champ was clicking on all cylinders during a first set where Mon did not have an answer for Vickery's power.

Min took the second second set after almost blowing a 4-0 lead to make it go three.

Vickery said it was a difficult match.

"I'm used to playing longer rally's and longer points," explained Vickery about some of the mistakes she made during the match. "You can just try to do your best and not think too much about what they know about your game."

Vickery used her backhand to close out the match and she says it's one of her favorite shots, especially the high backhand.

"I think it is because I'm not as big as other girls... I use it to get back into points."

Vickery will next take on a good friend in Victoria Duval. Duval fought off a big comeback from top-seeded Shelby Roger to take the win 6-4, 7-5.

Vickery holds a 1-0 record over Duval in professional matches.

On the men's side, Tennys Sandgren pulled a minor upset in taking out top-seeded Denis Kudla 6-3, 7-6. He will face Steve Johnson who took down Chase Buchanan 6-4, 6-0.

The women's final will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday and the men's three out of five set final will start at 3 p.m. These matches will be big opportunities for each of these players.

More information at Single-day tickets are still available.



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