One match at a time: Tennis player, 16, claims two singles titles

By Alex Kushel

Sun Sentinel Correspondent

Dec 30, 2021 1:59 PM

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Lake Worth resident Kate Kim won the girls' 16U singles title at both the 2021 Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.

Lake Worth resident Kate Kim won the girls’ 16U singles title at both the 2021 Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships. (Lila Kim/Courtesy)

Kate Kim closed out the year with a memorable run on the court.

The rising tennis standout from Lake Worth won the 16U girls’ singles title at the 2021 Eddie Herr International Championship in Bradenton and the Orange Bowl International Championship in Plantation.

The 16-year-old has emerged this year after winning a combined 12 consecutive matches during a stretch of two tournaments while earning two singles titles.

Kate Kim entered the 2021 Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships as the No. 4 seed.

Kate Kim entered the 2021 Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships as the No. 4 seed. (Lila Kim/Courtesy)

The 2021 Eddie Herr International Championship took place Nov. 28- Dec. 5 at the IMG Academy Tennis Complex in Bradenton.

Kim, who entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed, won in straight sets against Brooklyn Olson by a score of 7-6(1), 6-3 in the championship match.

The 2021 Orange Bowl International Championship took place from Dec. 5-11 at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation.

Kate Kim has developed her game while training with Team Anderson Tennis in Lake Worth.

Kate Kim has developed her game while training with Team Anderson Tennis in Lake Worth. (Lila Kim/Courtesy)

Kim, who entered the tournament unseeded, defeated Stephanie Yakoff in straight sets 6-4, 3-0 (retired) in the title match.

“It feels great to win and it’s a big turning point because they are both prestigious tournaments,” Kim said. “I knew I had the ability and I played really well. I never looked ahead and took it one match at a time. It was a challenge physically and I was able to focus and push through. It was exciting to have people back at matches to watch and support me.”

Kim has reached the next level and developed her game while training with Team Anderson Tennis in Lake Worth this past year. She has worked with coaches Roger Anderson and Chani Scheepers Anderson, who both have over a decade of experience on the ATP and WTA professional tours.

Kate Kim won the girls' 16U singles title at both the 2021 Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.

Kate Kim won the girls’ 16U singles title at both the 2021 Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships. (Lila Kim/Courtesy)

“It has really clicked for me this past year,” Kim said. “I have gained confidence and have a lot more trust in my game and shots and I have turned into a more aggressive player. I have improved with my forehand and court position. I have really learned to dictate and end points on my own terms.”

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Kim typically trains six days each week on the court and also works on fitness and conditioning. She has displayed her ability and enjoyed success on different surfaces after winning back-to-back tournaments on hard and clay courts.

Kim, who is a junior at Stanford Online High School, is scheduled to graduate in 2023 and has been recruited to play collegiate tennis. She also has future aspirations to qualify and participate in junior grand slam tournaments and reach the professional tour.

Kate Kim Kim trains six days each week on the court and also works on fitness and conditioning.

Kate Kim Kim trains six days each week on the court and also works on fitness and conditioning. (Lila Kim/Courtesy)

Kim enjoyed playing sports during her childhood and developed a passion for tennis. She grew up in California and also lived in Missouri and Kansas before moving to Florida over three years ago. Kim’s father made the sacrifice of having the family relocate without him full time to Lake Worth because of work commitments.

Kim also has a 14-year-old younger brother who trains and competes in tennis tournaments.

“It was a huge decision for our family and my parents supported us so we can get the best tennis training in Florida,” Kim said. “We owe everything to our parents.”

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