By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
Angelica Blake of Boca Raton and Margaryta Bilokin of the Ukraine had never faced each other in a tennis match prior to their three hour, 15 minute marathon match at the Delray ITF championship.
A match-up which could have easily gone to either junior player was won by Bilokin, the No. 33 seed in the tourney, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 over Blake, the No. 7 seed. The local favorite, Blake, was the first player to break Bilokin’s serve during the tournament featuring 256 of elite junior tennis players. In just the third round of the tourney, Blake upset No. 1 seed Benito Rodriguez of Miami 6-1, 6-1 to ride momentum into the quarterfinals.
“I stayed focused throughout the whole tournament. I was ready for every match and really focused on the present and didn’t think about what I did before. I focused on every point, every match and that helped me stay focused,” Bilokin said.
“I was down two games to zero in the first set. I really didn’t think about the score. I tried to focus on every single point in my game and it worked.”
Blake said mentally she tried to stay in every match because that’s what got her here.
“I think I was super competitive. I didn’t play my best throughout the whole tournament but the whole time I kept trying to compete and stay in the match which I think helps me to win most of them not necessarily because I played amazing but because I fought to the end. Sometimes you have to fight to the end to win,” Blake said.