Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives
 
 

News & Features

Nationals Feature
Carter Earns Title in Girls' 14 Nationals

Two broken strings didn't decide who won the USTA Girls 14 Nationals in Peachtree City, Ga., on Aug. 15.

But it was certainly a turning point.

Girls 14 Champion Hayley Carter
© Doug Wrege, TennisRecruiting.net
Christina Makarova of San Diego led Hayley Carter of Hilton Head, S.C., 4-3 in the singles final when her first racket string broke. Makarova was serving at 5-4, 30-15 when she broke a string on her replacement racket.

There were no more good rackets in her bag, so Makarova - two points from the first set - went searching for a demo at a local pro shop, was penalized a game for leaving the court for too long and won only one more game in the match.

Carter, a No. 17 seed, prevailed 7-5, 6-1.

"I think it helped a little," said Carter, who claimed her fifth singles national title, counting three won in Little Mo Nationals at ages 8, 9 and 10. "It changed the momentum. I started playing better after she switched the rackets, and she started playing worse."

Makarova said she couldn't get used to the demo, which was a Babolat. She is sponsored by Head.

"That was extremely frustrating," Makarova said. "I just needed two more points and I would've won the first set. Then the last racket goes poof. It just breaks. That's never happened to me before."

But Makarova, who upset No. 1 seed Jamie Loeb of New York 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals, said her main problem was Carter, who out-steadied her from the baseline as the match wore on.

This Article Is Available Only to Recruiting Advantage members
 
Please log in to access premium TennisRecruiting.net content.
LOG IN
User Name
 
Password
 
 
Forget your password?
 
Register Now For Free!
NOT REGISTERED?
Register Now For Free!
  • Content Updated Daily
  • Complete Rank Lists
  • Exclusive Articles
  • Recruit Interviews
It's Quick, Easy, and Free!
 

 
 WTA PRO PLAYER GEAR GALLERY

Caroline Wozniacki

 
Click on Caroline Wozniacki to view and buy her equipment, apparel, and footwear, or watch her video gear guide on YouTube.
 
RECENT COMMITMENTS
 THE LATEST FROM TENNIS EXPRESS
7/30 The Racquet Review of the Week is here! The new HEAD Tennis Graphene Extreme MP is a must-try for the modern player
7/29 Looking to buy a new racquet? We have everything you need to know in one simple infographic
7/28 48-hour Sale! Save an additional 15% off on clearance apparel and shoes with the code PROMO15. Shop here
 
 

Page updated on Thursday, June 19, 2014
Contact our web team with any corrections