Sarasota’s Yanez wins national title

Herald-Tribune - August 11, 2015

Nikki Yanez captured the most prestigious title of her young tennis career this past weekend when the 11-year old Sarasota resident captured the USTA Girls 12 Nationals title in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Yanez, who is home schooled, knocked off the top-seeded player in the draw on her way to the final and beat fifth-seed Rachel Arbitman of Hewlett, New York, 7-5, 7-6 in the championship match. She also survived a pair of three-set matches on her way to the title.

Bradenton resident Whitney Osuigwe reached the championship match in the girls 16-under division in San Diego before falling to Abilgail Desisatnikov of Sandy Springs, Georgia., 6-1, 7-6 (2).