AJ Lim bags third title.
Albert "AJ" Lim Jr. continued his remarkable winning streak in Florida by ruling the Rick Macci Summer Super Junior tournament over the weekend for his third straight title in as many weeks.
Banking on his powerful groundstrokes, the seventh seeded Lim recovered from a heart-breaking defeat in the first set to beat Ezequiel Cerrini of Sunny Isles Beach, 5-7, 6-3, 10-8, in a win that underscored his liking to clay courts.
Lim's coach from the L'Academie de Tennis said the country's top junior player is becoming comfortable on clay courts as attested by his increased foot speed and greater upper body strength during his final match with Cerrini.
It was only in the final match that Lim, 15, encountered stiff resistance after being pushed to the brink, but willed his way back into the contest with a series of whistling shots that finally took the fight out of his older rival.
Lim won his first four matches in straight sets, including 17-year-old Galen Arney of Delray Beach in the semis, 6-2, 6-3. He also beat Jean Zidor (6-2, 6-1), Pierre Brimaire (6-3, 6-00, and Guido Argentini (6-2, 6-2).
The tournament, according to his coach, is the highest level junior event that a foreigner can compete in Florida.
The title win was a big follow-up to his earlier wins in the Plantation Open Circuit III where he beat NCAA veteran Alexander Pelaez (6-1, 6-2) and the Andy Lake Pearl tournament at Haws Landing also in Florida.