Junior Spotlight of the Week: Rhyne Williams

November 28, 2006 11:44 AM

Fifteen-year-old Rhyne Williams of Knoxville, Tenn., cracked the top 100 of the ITF World Junior Rankings for the first time recently after an outstanding performance at the Jerry Simmons ITF Junior Circuit - South Carolina, a Grade 2 event held Oct. 31-Nov. 5 in Lexington, S.C.

Seeded eighth in the draw, Williams posted three come-from-behind wins on his way to the championship -- a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Tennys Sandgren in the second round, a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 upset over No. 2 seed Roberto Maytin in the quarterfinals, and a 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over No. 3 Mateusz Kecki in the semifinals. He went on to easily defeat Pedro Zerbini, 6-1, 6-1, in the final.

Williams, who also advanced to the doubles quarterfinals in Lexington with partner Ryan Lipman, has now improved his 2006 ITF record to 22-8 in singles and 18-8 in doubles. With his latest results, his world ranking jumped to a career-high No. 86. He is also ranked 20th in the USTA boys’ 18s.

Williams is next scheduled to compete in the prestigious Orange Bowl International Championships, which gets underway Monday, Dec. 4, at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Fla.

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