Dallas, Texas…Mia Horvit (#3 seed) from Parkland, Florida won the 40th annual Maureen Connolly Brinker Girls’ 14 National Championships at T-Bar-M Racquet Club in Dallas, Texas.  She defeated Tiffany Tang from Rogers, Arkansas 6-2, 6-1.   The event was held from Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 20, 2011.

Caroline Turner (#1 seed from Dallas, TX) defeated Jenna Friedel (#8 seed from Mill Valley, CA) for third Place and fourth Place: 6-1, 6-4.   Hada Chang (Trophy Club, TX) defeated Chuyang Guan (San Antonio, TX) for fifth and sixth place: 6-3, 6-2.  In the consolation final, Ryan Peus (Santa Barbara, CA) defeated Karina Traxler (#2 seed from Rockwall, TX): 6-2, 6-2.  The Sportsmanship Award was presented to Caroline Turner (Dallas, TX).

Invitations were sent to the top players who are 14 & under from each section of the USTA.  This singles-only event featured 32 of the top USA players in Girls' 14 & under and is sanctioned by the USTA.  The tournament has achieved a gold standard rating by being featured on the official USTA national junior tennis schedule.

Cindy Brinker Simmons, president of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation and daughter of the late Maureen Connolly Brinker, presented the trophies to Mia Horvit (winner - left in photo above) and  Tiffany Tang (runner-up - right in photo above)

The MCB Girls’ 14 Championships is one of the many events the Maureen Connolly Brinker 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 over 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 player 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.

For more information, contact Carol Weyman (214) 754-7065 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (214) 754-7065      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email: Cartennis@aol.com.  Complete results:  www.usta.com (ID # 800050311)

Jenna Friedel ( 4th Place ) & Caroline Turner ( 3rd Place and Sportsmanship Award recipient )