Mia King (winner) and Makenzie Craft (runner-up)MIA KING WINS MCB GIRLS' 14


Dallas, Texas - Mia King (#2 seed) from Hendersonville, North Carolina won the 38th annual Maureen Connolly Brinker Girls? 14 National Championships at T-Bar-M Racquet Club in Dallas, Texas. She defeated Makenzie Craft (#1 seed) from Frisco, Texas 6-1, 6-3. The event was held from Friday, March 20 ? Sunday, March 22, 2009.

Gabrielle Smith (Henderson, NV) defeated Abigail Owens (Duluth, GA) for third Place and fourth Place 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. Peggy Porter (Dallas, TX) defeated Brittany Brewster (Austin, TX) for fifth and sixth place 6-2, 6-2.. In the consolation final, Lauren Burich (Hinsdale, IL)) defeated Dhanielly Quevedo (Pompano Beach, FL) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. The Sportsmanship Award was presented to Peggy Porter (Dallas, TX).

Invitations were sent to the top players who are 14 & under from each section of the USTA. This singles-only event is sanctioned by the USTA and is on the National Junior Tennis Schedule.

Carol Weyman, tournament director and executive vice-president of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, presented the trophies.

The MCB Girls' 14 Championships is one of the many events the MCB Tennis Foundation organizes to promote junior tennis development. The foundation was co-founded by Maureen Connolly Brinker and her dear friend, Mrs. Frank A. Jeffett, in 1968. Mrs. Jeffett has led the foundation for forty years and continues to serve as chairman emeritus together with Cindy Brinker Simmons, president, Brenda Brinker Bottum, vice president, Elizabeth Jeffett, vice president, Carol Weyman, executive vice president, and a capable Advisory Board.

Little Mo was the top ranked woman?s player in the world in the early 1950s, winning Wimbledon in 1952, 1953 and 1954. In 1953, she became the first woman (at age 18) to win the Grand Slam. She remains the youngest individual and the only American woman to ever win the Grand Slam. Only five players in the history of tennis have achieved this significant tennis milestone. She won nine successive majors from 1951-1954. Little Mo died of cancer in 1969 at the age of 34 in Dallas.