Historic win for young tennis player

August 23, 2016

Tennis history was created at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre on Sunday, when 13-year-old Michaela Stephens, a student at Liberty Academy in Kingston, became the youngest player to win the female section of a Tennis Jamaica Senior All Jamaica tournament.

She achieved this feat, when she defeated 28-year old Pauline Henry 6-1, 6-1 in the finals of the Hi Pro All-Jamaica Senior Tennis Championships. In the male section, the No. 1 seeded Damion Johnson, who was runner-up last year, defeated Dwayne Pagon 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

Stephens, who turns 14 in October, and is also the All-Jamaica Junior champion, controlled the game from the start and used her superior service to set up winners.

Henry, who is an entertainment co-ordinator at the Holiday Inn Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, had been off the tennis scene for some time. She told STAR Sports that her last tournament was two years ago.

Stephen's mother, Jacinth Bryant, was a happy camper after the victory, and toasted her daughter after the victory, with a bottle of sparkling grape juice. " I am a happy woman today, Michaela works very hard, and it is good to see her achieving this type of success," she said.

Stephens won a second title when she teamed with Jenna Harrison to defeat Gina Delisser and Pauline Harrison 10-5 in the women's doubles.

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