August 12, 2011 - by
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Aug. 12, 2011

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State sophomore Ruth Seaborne was crowned the girls singles champion earlier today at the 2011 AEGON British Junior National Championships at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, England.

“I am very proud of Ruth,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “All summer she’s been competing non-stop and to top it off with winning both the singles and doubles events at a national tournament is an amazing task.”

Including her match today, Seaborne has won six singles matches this week. She won her first and second rounds in two sets each, 6-0, 6-4 and 7-5, 6-2 respectively.
Despite losing the first set 5-7 in her quarterfinal match, Seaborne rallied to take the second (6-2) and third (6-3) sets to move onto the semifinals.

The London native won that match in two sets, 6-2 and 6-3.

In the finals, Seaborne got out to a blazing start, winning the first set 6-0. However in the second set, she had to battle back before eventually securing the final point in the second tiebreaker 7-6 (4) and the title.

“I felt good today and played well this week” said Seaborne. “I started off very well in the first set and won seven games in a row to lead 6-0, 1-0. I then found myself down 5-2 through a lack of concentration but I kept fighting and came back to win 7-4 in the second set tie breaker.”

Seaborne also captured the doubles title on Thursday, August 11. This marks the second straight year that she was crowned a doubles champion.

“This was an outstanding way for Ruth to finish out her Junior career. She’s the type of player that sets goals for herself and it’s great to see this one checked off her list. All of us at Florida State are proud of her and we’re excited for her return to Tallahassee.”

As a freshman, Seaborne put together a stretch of 11-consecutive singles wins for the Seminoles.

photo courtesy of James Jordan Photography/LTA

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