02 Oct 2017

Vickery collects biggest title yet in Templeton

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By Nick Fishpool

Photo: Mike PeeplesSachia Vickery (USA)

Sachia Vickery won the biggest title of her career - and first since 2015 - at the $60,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Templeton, California, USA on Sunday.

The 22-year-old fourth seed twice hit back from a set down during the week - against Mari Osaka in the second round and top seed Viktorija Golubic in the semifinals - before easing past compatriot Jamie Loeb 61 62 in the final.

“This feels really good, especially after playing such a long match yesterday,” said Vickery. “Jamie’s such a great player and we’re such good friends so it’s always tough to play a friend.”

The triumph was Vickery's third on the Pro Circuit - adding to her titles at $25,000 clay events in Florida in Plantation and Sunrise in 2015 - and was her first appearance in an ITF Pro Circuit singles final since she finished runner-up at the $25,000 tournament in Redding, CA almost 12 months ago.

By virtue of her win, she climbed to No. 115 in the WTA rankings on Monday - just seven spots off the career-high ranking she first acquired in July 2015.

Vickery, who hopes to emulate her favourite player Serena Williams in one day being crowned the world No. 1, admits that she has drawn inspiration from two other fellow Americans this year - 2017 US Open finalists Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys.

"I’ve known Sloane since I was little and have trained with her in Florida," said Vickery. "[Their final] was really a great day for American tennis."