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Teen Helps Team USA Capture Challenge Trophy

November 15, 2005 07:34 PM

The United States team won the 2005 Maureen Connolly Brinker Challenge Trophy with an 8-3 victory over Great Britain, and South Carolinian Sarah Guzick played a key role in the competition held at Coral Beach & Tennis Club in Bermuda Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

The Challenge is an international competition between junior girls of Great Britain and the U.S. Each nation brings five players, three in Girls’ 16s and two in Girls’ 14s, for the three-day event that includes singles and doubles matches. Players from across the country were selected for the U.S. squad. Sarah Guzick of Greer SC, along with teammates Joanna Mather of Duluth GA, Nelly Radeva of Costa Mesa CA, Daisha Hill-Hurtado of Ann Arbor MI and Kathryn Talbert of Mooresville NC competed this year. Guzick defeated Naomi Broady of Great Britain, 7-5, 7-6 Sept. 29. She also competed in the singles and doubles on the subsequent days of the event.

Guzick is #9 in the Girls’ 16s national junior standings. In April, she won G18s singles and doubles, with partner Simone Templeton, at the Chanda Rubin LA ITF Jr. Tennis Classic, Baton Rouge LA. In July 2004, at age 13, Guzick won the Girls’ 14s Clay Court National Championships in Plantation FL. In July 2005, at age 14, she placed third in Girls’ 16s Nationals in Virginia Beach VA. In 2003 when she was 13, she became the youngest player to win the 2003 AA-A Girls Singles Championships at the Richland County Tennis Center SC.

The victory in Bermuda improves the U.S.'s overall record against Great Britain to 20-11 in the event, one of many organized by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation.