AJ Lim, the country’s top junior netter, annexed his second international crown in devastating fashion, blanking Roberto Guerrero of Plantation, Florida, 6-0, 6-0, to reign supreme in the Andy Lake Pearl Level 7 tournament at Haws Landing in Florida over the weekend.
The unseeded Lim, who turned 15 last month, mixed his strokes very well aside from coming through with strong serves to rule the 18-and-under tournament played on a clay court and sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
On the way to the top, Lim stunned Gabriel Osio of Weston, Florida, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarters before bringing down top seed Sebastian Serrano of Doral, Florida, to his knees, 6-1, 6-1, in the semifinals.
The title win was a fitting follow-up to Lim’s victory in the China Junior Open last May.
He was also a finalist in last month’s Philippine National Games that saw him beat seven-time PCA Open champion Johnny Arcilla in the semis.
Lim, who is being assisted by a staff of the L’Academie de Tennis in the United States, is currently competing in the USTA-sanctioned Plantation Open Circuit III also in Florida. He won his first-round match after his opponent, Christopher Kinigopoulo of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida retired to injury, 6-2, 3-0.
He will next meet seventh seed Kevin Taco of Miami, Florida, a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 winner over Davis Carvalho of Coral Springs, Florida.
The tournament, rated ‘Intermediate Advanced’ in skill level, offers the top 16 players a spot in the main draw of a Futures tournament at the end of the year.