Midland’s Alyvia Jones, 12, scored one of her best outings, playing girls 14 tournaments across the country when she reached the finals of the USTA National Open in Streetsboro, Ohio, falling to Grace Joyce, Newton, Mass., 7-6 (2),6-1.
Jones, seeded # 2, won four matches in the 32-player draw that featured the nation’s top 14 year old girls. The youngster trains at the Tennis Academy, Midland Community Tennis Center. She was accompanied by her coach by Steve Host, PTR, director of junior competitive tennis.
Several months ago, Jones reached the finals of USTA National Girls’ 14 Open in Dayton, Ohio. Jones will take her talents next to the Girls’ 16 Midwest Level II in Grand Rapids.