January 7th, 2019
Orlando’s Wolfberg Girls’ 18s Runner-up at USTA National Winter Championships Tennis
Orlando’s Alana Wolfberg finished runner-up in the girls’ 18s division at the USTA National Winter Championships, held Dec. 29, 2018-Jan. 4, 2019 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando and at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz., in age groups 12-18.
The No. 3-seeded Wolfberg in the championship match fell to No. 4 seed Connie Ma of Dublin, Calif., 6-4, 6-0. Ma also claimed the doubles title with fellow Californian Anna Campana as the No. 15 seeds.
Wolfberg, who last month received the USTA Florida Female Jr. Player of the Year award for her outstanding results in 2018, including a third straight Florida high school state championships title, is finishing her junior year and has signed a national letter of intent to play for Oklahoma State.
The Orlando native did not drop a set through her first six matches en route to the final. She was the lone Florida player to reach an age group final in the 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s age divisions that each featured 128 singles and 64 doubles teams.
Ma under the new USTA merit-based competitive pathway linkage as the girls’ 18s champion will receive a wild card entry to the singles qualifying draw of a USTA Pro Circuit Women’s 25 event, as well as a wild card into the singles main draw of the International Spring Championships ITF Junior tournament in Carson, Calif. As the girls’ 18s singles runner-up, Wolfberg will receive a wild card entry to the singles qualifying draw at a USTA Pro Circuit Women’s 15 event and a wild card entry into the singles main draw of an ITF Junior Level 4 event to be determined.
Each year more than 120,000 players compete in USTA junior tournaments. Players compete in levels of competition through earned advancement in the 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. USTA junior tournaments help kids take their game as far as they want — high school, college or pros — or just have fun competing.
For full age division results go to www.usta.com/news.