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Sachia Vickery

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Bio Vickery was born in Florida to Paula Liverpool and Rawle Vickery. Her parents had both lived in Linden, the second-largest city in the Caribbean nation of Guyana, and her mother is originally from the small mining town of Kwakwani. Her mother ran track in high school, and her father was a professional soccer player. She also has an older brother named Dominique Mitchell who played college football at South Carolina State University. Through her former stepfather Derrick Mitchell, she is acquainted with LeBron James and considers his mother Gloria to be "like an aunt to her."

Her parents divorced when she was young, leaving Liverpool to raise her as a single mother. Her mother, who had been a school teacher in Guyana, at one point worked full-time during the day in the admissions office at Kaplan University and full-time at night as a bartender in a dangerous part of Miami to help pay for Vickery's tennis lessons. Once Vickery started to produce strong results at junior tournaments, she began training at the IMG Academy. While she was in Miami, she also worked with Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena, for a summer. After a year, she moved to France to train at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy for several years. By the time she was 18, she had moved back to Florida to be at the USTA National Training Center in Boca Raton.
Vickery reached a career-high ITF junior ranking of No. 6 in the world. She recorded her first big result on the junior circuit when she reached the final of the Grade 1 USTA International Spring Championships in 2010 at 14 years old. The following year, she reached the semifinals of the Orange Bowl. To start the 2012 season, Vickery picked up her only Grade 1 tournament win at the Copa del Cafe in Costa Rica. She played in her last ITF junior tournament that November. Vickery finished her junior career by winning both the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Junior National Championship the following summer, which also clinched her two wild cards into the singles and doubles main draw at the US Open.
Vickery played her first professional-level match in 2009 at a $10K tournament in Evansville, where she reached the semifinals. In 2011, she was awarded a wildcard into qualifying at the Citi Open in Washington but lost her first match.

As the 2013 USTA junior national champion, Vickery earned a wildcard to compete in the US Open's main draw. She beat former Wimbledon semifinalist Mirjana Lučić-Baroni for her first WTA tour-level win in her first tour-level match. This put Vickery into the top 200 of the WTA rankings for the first time. She would consistently remain in the top 200 for the next four and a half years, aside for two weeks in 2016, but did not move into the top 100 until March 2018.

In 2014, Vickery earned another main-draw wildcard, this time for the Australian Open. She would go on to lose in the first round to fellow American Lauren Davis. Early in 2015, Vickery won her first two ITF pro circuit titles in back-to-back weeks in her home state of Florida, both of which came on clay. Vickery made two WTA quarterfinal appearances over these two years, one at Stanford in 2014 and another at Nottingham in 2015. She reached the main draw through qualifying at both events. Vickery also qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon in 2015 and the French Open in 2016.

Vickery made it through qualifying at the US Open and defeated Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the first round for her first Grand Slam main-draw match-win in four years. She followed this up with the biggest tournament win of her career at the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open, a $60K event.
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