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When 18-year-old tennis phenom Vania King was having her calf taped at a key moment at the Pilot Pen Sunday, her Taiwanese- born father—and lifelong coach—felt the pain in the stands two rows up.

King survived a leg cramp to win her first match at the Pilot Pen in two sets.

But for a while it looked dicey.

David King started Vania preparing for a tennis career at the age of 4. That’s right, 4. (He had her doing “exercises” then, he said; serious training began at 7.)

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