Sofia Sewing kept her win streak alive, but it wasn’t easy.
The 15-year-old from Doral was stretched to three sets — 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 — by fellow American Madeline Meredith at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and nearly lost after having double match point at 5-2 in the final set of their Girls 16s match.
“When I had double match point, she started playing incredible, wasn’t missing anything,” said Sewing, who trains in Coral Gables with coach Robert Gomez. “We had some really long rallies, and she’s a very good player. I just tried to stay positive and was able to hang on.’’
Sewing won the Eddie Herr tournament last week in Bradenton and also won that tournament last year in the Girls 14s. She wants to add an Orange Bowl trophy to her collection. Last year, she lost in the quarterfinals.
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Sewing is of Puerto Rican-Ecuadorean descent and started taking tennis lessons at age 5. She didn’t like it at first, switched to soccer but returned to tennis two years later at her father’s urging. She dropped out of St. Agatha Catholic School after fifth grade and started being home schooled to focus on tennis.
“I have been working really hard, and my game has developed a lot over the past few years,” Sewing said. “I like to play aggressive, like the way Serena [Williams plays]. I’m tired after all the matches at Eddie Herr and matches here Monday and Tuesday, but this is the last tournament of the year, and it’s right here near my house, one of my favorite events, so I want to get as far as possible.”
It was a good day for local girls named Sofia. Pembroke Pines’ Sofia Kenin cruised past Jessica Golovin 6-1, 6-0. Other American winners included Michael Mmoh, who beat Majed Kilani 6-1, 6-2; and Reilly Opelka of Palm Coast, who beat Liang Yu Richard Lin of Chinese Taipei 6-3, 6-1.
Opekla is 6-10 and upset Mmoh in the Eddie Herr final Sunday. Opelka has grown six inches over the past 11/2 years and had to adjust his game with each growth spurt.
The tournament continues through Sunday at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation.
Barry University men’s basketball team is ranked No.9 in this week’s National Association of Basketball Coaches poll. Barry is No.11 in the NCAA Division II media poll sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
This marks the first time in school history the Bucs (6-0) have been ranked in the top 10 in the coaches poll.
Nova Southeastern University’s Michael Goodrich announced his resignation as the coach of women’s soccer. Director of athletics Michael Mominey said a search to fill the position will begin immediately.
Goodrich took over the program in 1999 and leaves behind a 16-year legacy where he guided past teams through years of success, as well as the program’s transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. He had 129 career wins at NSU and won three conference titles.