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Borr Reaches Finals of National Spring Championship

March 26, 2012 03:13 PM
Lexi Borr was unseeded going into the USTA National Spring Championship in Mobile, AL on March 11.
But by the end of the tournament, the Eastern junior had made a new name for herself among the country’s top 18 and Under tennis players.
Borr, of Westfield, NJ, reached the finals of the 18 and Under Gold Ball event, losing to Brooke Austin of Indiana, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
"It was a great tournament for me because I gained confidence that I have the ability to compete with the best girls in the nation," said Borr, 16. "The key to my success throughout the tournament was staying aggressive and setting up points to finish at the net."
 
Foundations of Success
 
Borr’s success on the court is rooted in her family. Her grandmother owns an indoor tennis club in Westfield. Her parents both played Division I college tennis.
 
But after years of playing the sport, Borr decided at the age of 12 that she didn’t want to play anymore. It’s that decision that she credits with her dedication to tennis today.
 
"During my time away from tennis, I realized that I really did love the game, and ever since then I have been especially dedicated to try and reach my full potential," Borr said.
 
Eastern Performance
 
During the past few years, Borr has competed in USTA Eastern tournaments and represented the section in National Team Championships. In 2010, she was honored for her outstanding performance in Eastern tournaments at the section’s Junior Awards Gala, held on opening day at the US Open. Last year, she played on the Boys’ and Girls’ 16 Intersectional team, representing Eastern with players from across the section at the National Championship in Shreveport, LA.
 
Julie Bliss, Director of Competition and Player Development for USTA Eastern, said Borr’s recent performance in Mobile displayed not only her talent, but her ability to adapt to different playing conditions.
 
"Eastern tennis is played indoors for most of the year," said Bliss. "The way Lexi adjusted mentally and physically to playing outdoors in the tournament was very impressive."
 
To keep up her game, Borr practices two or three hours a day and works out with a trainer twice a week. And while there are many more tournaments on the horizon, Borr is thinking beyond her next match.
 
"I am currently looking at colleges where I will be given the opportunity to improve and become the best player that I can be," Borr said.
 

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