Katie Swan, 15, upset China’s Shilin Xu, the top seed in the Australian Open juniors, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday. Swan, a 15-year-old who competes for Great Britain but is based out of Wichita, advanced to the quarterfinals with the win.
“I had a pretty clear strategy what I wanted to do and thankfully it worked pretty well," Swan told reporters following her match. "I served pretty well — I didn't have as high as percentage as I would like, but I was still hitting my targets on my second serve, which I was really pleased about.
“I'm just going to take it one match at a time. It seems to be working so far.I had a lot of match practice last week and I've been focused on this tournament for a while. I'm feeling really good with my game and that's been showing on the courts so far.
“My dream is to be No. 1 in the world, just as I'm sure everyone's is at my age in this tournament. But I'll take everything one step at a time and see what happens.”
While Swan attended Collegiate last year, she did not play high school tennis.