Lindsay Burdette Wins Prestigious Easter Bowl Tournament

April 21, 2003 01:44 PM

There must be something in the water in Jackson, GA. Or maybe it runs in the family. Either way, Lindsay Burdette's title run through the Girls' 16 draw at the Easter Bowl in Palm Springs last week left many with a feeling of deja vu. With a 6-4, 6-0 win over second-seeded Alessandra Jordan of Texas in the finals, Lindsay became the second member of her family to win a title at the most prestigious of all the USTA Super National junior tournaments, and she did it all without dropping a set. Her trophy will likely go right next to the one her older sister Erin received for winning the doubles with Lauren Barnikow at the 2000 event.

Erin Burdette, now a sophomore at Stanford University, is currently one half of the top-ranked doubles team in all of college tennis, and Stanford has the number one women's tennis team in the nation.

The younger Burdette's run through this year's draw was nothing short of remarkable. She beat Lauren Sadaka of Great Neck, NY in the first round, and then ousted Clarissa Fermin of Yorba Linda, CA to reach the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, the third-seeded Burdette disposed of Colleen Rielley of Woodland Hills, CA, setting up a showdown with fellow Southern Section player and top-seeded Katrina Tsang of Raleigh, NC. Burdette dominated the match, winning 6-4, 6-3. In the finals, Burdette would again face a higher seeded player in second-seeded Jordan, but that didn't slow her down as she took the title 6-4, 6-0.

If history is any indication, there may well be yet another Easter Bowl title in the cards for the Burdette family. Mallory, the youngest daughter of Alan and Judy Burdette, won the doubles title at the 2002 USTA Super National Hardcourt Championships, and is currently ranked No. 5 nationally in the Girls' 12s.