May 29th, 2019

Florida Teen Sewing Wins 1st Pro Tennis Title at ITF Cancun

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Nineteen-year-old Sofia Sewing of Doral, Fla., won her first pro tennis title over the weekend at the ITF World Tennis Tour $15,000 Cancun Tennis Cup in Mexico.

In the all-unseeded final Sewing defeated Great Britain’s Emilie Lindh 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.

It was a breakthrough win in a number of ways for the teen who last year played as a freshman at the University of Miami. She was injured much of her freshman year in 2017-18, going 1-3 in singles and 0-2 in doubles. She came into college play after reaching a career-high No. 9 in the ITF world junior rankings, and was the No. 3 prospect in the nation according to the Tennis Recruiting Network.

Sewing toppled No. 1 seed Thaisa Grana Pedretti of Brazil 6-4, 6-3 in the second round in Cancun, and in the semifinals ame back to upset No. 6 seed Kirsten-Andrea Weedon of Guatemala 2-6, 7-5, 7-5.

The American improved to 1-1 in career pro finals.

Lindh did not face a seeded player en route to the final, in the semifinals posting a comeback win against American qualifier Zoe Gwen Scandalis 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3. The 19-year-old Brit was appearing in her first pro final after finishing last year ranked No. 1,030 on the WTA rankings.

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