Penn State World Campus Student Shocks Wimbledon, Advances To Third Round

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Not many people had high expectations for Julia Boserup when she left for London last week. Boserup, a Penn State World Campus student, had been invited to qualifiers for Grand Slams before, but she never advanced to the main draw.

Well, not until last weekend.

Boserup, ranked No. 225, kicked-off her time at Wimbledon by winning qualifiers against Jennifer Brady, Jessica Pegula (daughter of Pegula Ice Arena’s namesake Terry Pegula), and Barbara Haas — all of which were in straight sets.

Boserup finally qualified for a Grand Slam after first appearing in the four major tournaments’ qualifying rounds since the US Open in 2010. Still, she wasn’t satisfied with just making the tournament.

She won her first match in the main draw over another qualifier, Tatjana Maria from Germany, in a gutsy three-set performance.That earned her the right to face No. 7 seed Belinda Bencic. After taking the first set in a shocker, Boserup advanced as Bencic withdrew with an injury.

Boserup has priorities other than tennis in her life, like being a Penn Stater. In the post-match press conference following her win against Bencic, Boserup said she is enrolled with Penn State World Campus and plans to graduate in December.

“I’m studying psychology with a minor in finance,” Boserup told reporters. “I have homework due in two days. I’m taking an accounting class and I have spreadsheets due on Sunday. I have a day off [Friday]. I already told my coach that I’m going to be sitting down and working on school. Me and Excel.”

Boserup will play two-time Grand Slam doubles champion Elena Vesnina on Saturday.

Photo By: WTA Tennis
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