NAPLES, Fla.- Naples tennis player Victoria Emma won a singles and doubles national title earlier this month at the USTA 14-year-old National Clay Court Championships in Plantation.
"It was really, really exciting. It was very hard for me to believe that I was able to do that," said Emma, who also won a 12-year-old Clay Court National Championship two years ago.
The success hasn't come by accident. Emma trains 30 hours a week at the Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy in Naples.
"You don't have to like tennis; you need to love it. If you love it, you will put in the time to those things to play the tournaments," said her instructor at Sanchez-Casal, Lucas Regas.
Emma gets three weeks off from training at the end of December, and two weeks off at the end of the summer.
Emma won the singles and doubles titles despite only being at full strength for three weeks after a three-month layoff because of a shoulder injury.
"It just showed how much dedication I had to the sport. I just tried my best and stopped focusing on my injury and focused on how great of shape I was in," said Emma who continued to train full-time while recovering from the injury.
Next up for Emma is the 16 and under Hard Court National Championships in San Diego, California.
"I'm going to be the youngest, so there really is no pressure on me, and I can just go out and just play my game and do the best that I can," said Emma.
Emma hopes to play Division-1 college tennis someday and then she says, "Who knows from there."