's a nice article about Ulrikke from October last year.
Ulrikke Eikeri is Norway's tennis hope
The beautiful country of Norway is home to the vikings, fjords, and a capital city in Oslo that is ranked as one of the most productive cities in the world.
It is also home to rising tennis phenom Ulrikke Eikeri, who at No. 328 on the WTA computer is one of two Norwegian women that currently hold a world ranking.
I was able to see this 19-year old bashing balls in Troy, Alabama as she advanced through the draw at the 25K USTA Tennis Classic of Troy event this week.
Eikeri upset tournament No. 6 seed Marie-Eve Pelletier in the second round
Eikeri has had a bit of success in the minor leagues of tennis. She has won a total of 13 ITF titles and also has played for the Norwegian Fed Cup team.
She admits that tennis is not really on the radar in Norway, but she's hoping to change that.
"Tennis isn't as big in Norway as it is in the United States of even a country close to me like Sweden," offers up Eikeri. "I'm hoping to keep improving and change that."
Since tennis doesn't have a huge presence in Norway, Eikeri had to look outside her nation for a role model.
"Well, I've always looked up to Caroline Wozniacki and liked her game," added Eikeri.
If you watch Eikeri's game for five minutes, you will see the Wozniack influence, right down to the way she walks and the way she sets up points on the court.
I didn't see Eikeri give up on a point all week in Troy and she ran down every shot, even the points she was out of. She's a fighter, and that can carry you a long ways in tennis.
"I have to play like that, I don't give up on any points."
Norway isn't know for developing top-level players, so Eikeri made side trips to the United States to play tournaments.
"I like it here in the States and in Troy," Eikeri said before she lost her quarterfinal match. "The people are real nice and I like playing for them."
The tennis fans in Alabama, who are accustomed to seeing big hits and tough play on the field really appreciated the drive and never-say-die attitude Eikeri showed all week long in Troy.
I have a feeling the rest of the world will be seeing in the coming months as years as this young player matures and give Norway someone to follow on the tennis scene.