Wimbledon – Everything’s Up With Boserup

Tennis is a “Seem to…” sport particularly when it comes to juniors from Southern California. The section is the home of battalions of players who “Seem to” have potential as they play through the age divisions. Some move on to intercollegiate competition. Others choose to become professionals. Over time, for a host of reasons, (which vary from player to player), a number have dropped off the tennis news radar.

For a while now, Julia Boserup seems have had a residence in the, “Where has she been?” zone. This year’s Ladies’ Singles at the All England Lawn & Tennis Club has located Boserup.

Julie Boserup Photo twitter

Julie Boserup Photo twitter

The 24-year-old, who was born in Santa Monica, but grew up in Newport Beach, was a junior sectional and later, a national sensation. Her triumphs were spaced by health and injury issues. The 2008 Dunlop Girls’ 18 Orange Bowl champion was staggered by mononucleosis during the next year. An expressive, intelligent and warm individual, she skipped a grade and graduated from high school the same year (2009). She started playing at the age of six because her older sister (Mia) was taking lessons. Coaching legend Robert Lansdorp guided her development, and at 14 she began playing International Tennis Federation (ITF) events as an amateur. She turned pro in 2010.

In 2011, Boserup won the first of the three ITF $25,000 titles she has collected. That premier win was a hard court victory at Redding. She claimed Rancho Santa Fe, another hard court tournament in 2012, but was hobbled by problems with her feet. It was finally discovered that she had stress factures…in both feet. The fractures kept her sidelined for a year and a half. In 2015, she added the Raleigh event – which was played on clay – to her column of wins.

Previously, her singles experience at Grand Slams had been limited to Qualifying efforts. At the Australian Open, she reached the final rounds in 2012 and did it again, earlier this year. In 2010, she lost in the second round at the US Open. She came into Wimbledon ranked No. 225, but was hardly challenged in the Qualifying, defeating Jennifer Brady, Jessica Pegula and Barbara Haas of Austria. Four games were the most she lost in a match. The longest time she was on the lawn was one hour and 14 minutes, and that was against Brady.

Mary Carillo, the former player whose vocabulary is as entertaining as the way she weaves thoughts together as a tennis commentator, coined the term, “Big babe tennis” in 1994. It would be difficult to find a better description of how the 5’11” Boserup plays the game.

In a Grand Slam first round rarity, she faced another qualifier, Tatjana Maria (née Malek)
a 28-year-old German who was taking part in her sixth Wimbledon. In a rain-plagued match that was a two-day affair, Boserup, who was playing her first Grand Slam tournament match, endured the weather and scored a 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 victory.

Since Maria had a pre-Wimbledon No. 104 ranking, along with a three-set victory over her opponent in the US Open Qualifying in 2010, Boserup’s win was regarded as an upset. So was today’s (June 30th) triumph over No. 7 seed, Belinda Bencic. After winning the first set 6-4, Boserup, who says that grass is her favorite surface, was ahead 1-0 in the second when a left-wrist injury forced her 19-year-old Swiss opponent to retire.

Moving into the third round, Boserup will face Elena Vesnina of Russia and try to prove that being Southern California born and bred, she has the goods to continue to be a standout in London.

(A feel good aside to a “feel good” story – Boserup’s mother, Anne-Marie, flew to London after she qualified and has had an opportunity to enjoy her daughter’s Wimbledon success up close and personally.)

Mark Winters

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