tsts

email_us_left_rail_box_85x40 staff_directory_left_rail_box_85x40
contact_us_left_rail_box_85x40 top_jr_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40
join_jr_team_left_rail_box_85x40 join_adult_team_left_rail_box_85x40
ntrp_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40 age_level_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40
search_in_tennislink
jr_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40 jr_rankings_left_rail_box_85x40
find_jtt_left_rail_box_85x40 adult_rankings_left_rail_box_85x40
usta_league_left_rail_box_85x40 adult_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40
 
facebook_60x47instagram_60x47_16twitter_60x47

tennislink_left_rail_180x65
 
TW_Logo_1019_180
 
USTAS_en_Espanol_18
 
 

Reka Zsilinszka: Junior Spotlight of the Week

March 24, 2006 09:48 AM

– Sally Milano, USTA.com

Birthdate: July 8, 1989
Birthplace: Slovakia
Residence: Fayetteville, NC
Height: 5’ 8”
Weight:128 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed; two-handed backhand

Reka Zsilinszka has had an incredible run on the junior tennis circuit as of late. The 16-year-old from Fayetteville, NC, just took home her third straight singles title last week at the girls’ 18 USTA Spring National Championships in Mobile, AL, extending her winning streak to an impressive 19 straight matches.

Reka Zsilinszka, © juniortennis.com
Seeded second in the draw, Zsilinszka had a phenomenal run to the championship, dropping only 10 games total in her first five matches, and then eliminating No. 3 seed Melissa Saiontz, 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals, before knocking off Lauren Lui, 6-4, 6-4, in the final. With the victory, Reka earned the second gold ball of her career. She took home her first at the girls’ 14 USTA Super National Hard Court Championships in 2003.


Prior to Mobile, Zsilinszka won consecutive singles titles at the girls' 18 K-Swiss Junior Tennis Championships, which took place Feb. 10-12 in Aurora, IL, and the girls’ 18 USTA National Open Championships, held Feb. 17-21 in Tampa, FL. She also played in her first professional tournament this year, receiving a wild card into the qualifying rounds of the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Clearwater, FL, at the end of February, where she won her first match against No. 367-ranked Heidi El Tabakh, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, before falling to Diana Ospina, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Other career highlights for the 5-foot, 8-inch right-hander include reaching the singles final at the girls’ 18 USTA Spring National Championships, finishing in third place in singles and reaching the doubles quarterfinals at the girls’ 16 USTA National Championships last year. In 2004, she was a singles finalist at the girls’ 16 USTA National Hard Court Championships and reached the doubles semifinals at the girls’ 16 USTA International Winter Championships.

Zsilinszka, who began playing tennis at age 10, has been at the top of the rankings the last several years, hitting the No. 1 mark in the USTA girl’s 14s and 16s in 2004 and the girls’ 16s in 2005. She is currently the top-ranked player in the girls’ 16s and is listed at No. 2 in the 18s division.

RANKING HISTORY
2006 – 1* (USTA 16s), 2* (USTA 18s)
2005 – 1* (USTA 16s), 7* (USTA 18s)
2004 – 1* (USTA 14s), 1* (USTA 16s)
2003 – 35* (USTA 12s), 4* (USTA 14s)
2002 – 100* (USTA 14s)
* Highest ranking attained during the year

2006 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Won the singles title at the girls’ 18 USTA Spring National Championships.
  • Won the singles title at the girls’ 18 USTA National Open Championships, held in February in Tampa, FL.
  • Won the girls’ 18 singles title at the K-Swiss Junior Tennis Championships.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2005

  • Reached the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles (with Melissa Saiontz) at the girls’ 18 USTA National Winter Championships.
  • Won the girls’ 18 singles title at the USTA National Open Championships held in November in Norcross, GA..
  • Finished runner-up in doubles (with Nina Pantic) and reached the singles semifinals at the Chanda Rubin Evert American ITF Jr Circuit.
  • Advanced to the doubles quarterfinals (with Madison Brengle) at the Chanda Rubin ITF Junior Classic – South Carolina.
  • Reached the singles quarterfinals at the Chanda Rubin American Junior Tennis Classic – Georgia.
  • Finished in third place in singles and reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Carolyn McVeigh) at the girls’ 16 USTA National Championships.
  • Won the girls’ 18 singles title at the USTA Interscholastic Championships-East.
  • Was a singles quarterfinalist at the girls’ 18 ATP Gator Bowl Junior Tennis Championships.
  • Finished runner-up in singles at the girls’ 18 USTA Spring National Championships.

2004

  • Reached the doubles semifinals (with Nina Pantic) and the singles quarterfinals at the girls’ 16 USTA International Winter Championships.
  • Was a doubles semifinalist (with Nina Pantic) at the girls’ 16 Eddie Herr International.
  • Advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the girls’ 18 USTA National Open Championships held in November in Norcross, GA.
  • Reached the singles quarterfinals at the Chanda Rubin Evert American ITF Jr Circuit and the Chanda Rubin ITF Junior Classic – South Carolina.
  • Finished runner-up in singles at the girls’ 16 USTA National Hard Court Championships.
  • Won the girls’ 16 singles title at the Florida Open.
  • Won the girls’ 16 singles title at the USTA National Open Championships held in May in Marietta, GA.
  • Finished runner-up in singles at the girls’ 16 K-Swiss Junior Tennis Championships.

2003

  • Reached the singles quarterfinals at the girls’ 14 Eddie Herr International.
  • Was a doubles quarterfinalist (with Samantha Eppelsheimer) at the Chanda Rubin ITF Junior Classic – South Carolina.
  • Won the singles title and reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Stefanie Nunic) at the girls’ 14 USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.
  • Advanced to the doubles quarterfinals (with Jamie Hampton) at the girls’ 14 USTA Super National Clay Court Championships.
  • Finished runner-up in singles at the girls’ 14 Gator Bowl.

2002

  • Won the girls’ 14 singles title at the USTA Southern Section Super Circuit.
  • Finished in third place at the girls’ 14 USTA Southern Section Qualifying.
  • Reached the singles quarterfinals at the girls’ 14 BullFrog Super Series.

2001

  • Won girls’ 12 singles titles at the USTA National Open Championships, the USTA Southern Section NC Spring Jr. and the USTA Southern Section NC Jr. Challenge.
  • Finished runner-up in singles at the girls’ 12 USTA Southern Section Super Circuit.
  • Advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the girls’ 12 USTA Southern Section NC Jr. Designated.

PERSONAL

  • Father, Laszlo, is a university professor. Mother, Adriana.
  • Began playing tennis at age 10 for exercise.
  • Is coached by Chris Cagle and Al Van Vliet.
  • Is known for her consistent play and strong mental game… Also has great footwork and solid strokes.
  • Favorite playing surface is clay court.
  • Favorite players are Rafael Nadal and Martina Hingis.
  • Is home-schooled and is currently in the 11th grade.
  • Hobbies include reading, skiing, singing and playing the piano.
 

Back

 


Print Article Email Article Newsletter Signup Share
 
Newsletter Signup
USTA Shop
 
 
 
 
Close