You Ready, B?

I have a serious crush on Beatrice Capra.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m 31 and she’s 18.

It’s not that kind of love anyway.

I love the story that Capra – in her first grand slam tournament – will face Maria Sharapova on Saturday on national television.

She beat Karolina Sprem in her first match on Tuesday in straight sets. Thursday, she pulled off a miracle. The teen from Ellicott City beat the 18th seed in the tournament.

Capra hasn’t lost in a tournament that has seen many former champions bow out already. She gets to hang around Arthur Ashe Stadium and play into the first weekend of the final grand slam tournament of the year.

She’s currently ranked 371st in the world, beating two ladies who are ranked into the top 100. She’s the official darling of the U.S. Open – not just in Maryland, but for the entire country. Dick Enberg will make her a celebrity on Saturday’s telecast.

Her wikipedia page is only a few paragraphs long, most of which took place this week in Flushing Meadows.

On a weekend in which most teenagers make plans to go to the movies or spend a weekend down at the beach, Beatrice Capra gets a shot at infamy. Not bad for a Labor Day weekend she’ll never forget.

This is an official invitation to get on the Capra bandwagon. The teen from Howard County could bring the U.S. Open trophy back to Maryland.

You never know what can happen in a week.


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