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McKenzie, 16, of Anthem, made it to U.S. Open quarterfinals


ANTHEM – Kylie McKenzie continues to take the world of tennis by storm.

Anthem resident McKenzie, who is 16 years old, won three matches at the junior US Open in New York last week and made it into the quarterfinals. 

According to a release from the United States Tennis Association, McKenzie upset the No. 3-ranked junior player in the world on Sept. 8 in the second round at the U.S. Open Junior Championships McKenzie received a USTA wild card into the tournament. She shocked the No. 3-seeded Russian Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-4; Blinkova was a singles finalist at the Wimbledon Junior tournament in July.

“I felt the heat get to me a little bit in the second set when I was up 3-1,” McKenzie said. “To get here as a wild card and to win two rounds is pretty exciting.” She added, “This has to be one of my biggest wins ever since it’s at the U.S. Open.”

McKenzie was coached at the Open by former Arizona State men’s coach Lou Belken.

McKenzie had her U.S. Open Junior singles run end on Friday, Sept. 11m as she fell in the quarterfinals to No. 11-seed Fanny Stollar of Hungary in three sets at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

“It was a great run, and I had an incredible experience here,” said McKenzie on Friday. “I had my chances there in the third set. I’m happy with the way I played and will just learn from this experience.”

Congratulations to McKenzie and best wishes for her future in tennis!