As my season has been coming to a close, I’m really looking forward to having some time to relax and recover after the grueling season. Unfortunately there isn’t too much of an off season since there are constantly tournaments. The only breaks I generally have in my schedule are the ones I pick out so that I have some time to train. I finished the season fairly well with a series of three 50k challengers. My last three tournaments took place in Macon, GA, Waco, TX and Scottsdale, AZ.
I had a pretty good run in Macon despite all of the rain. I won my first qualifying match on Sunday, and then didn’t play my next two rounds until Wednesday due to weather. I qualified, so on Thursday I was set to have two rounds of main draw if I won my first match. I had one of my longest matches of my career against Michaela Gordon in my first round. We had a grueling 4.5 hour match where I saved a couple of match points in the second set. I ended up winning 7-6 in the third. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to enjoy my victory because I was given 2 hours to rest before my second round. My next opponent was Rebecca Peterson who was completely fresh, since she had played her first round the day before. I tried to recover the best I could by taking an ice bath between matches, but it wasn’t enough. I lost 6-2, 6-1. She was tough and eventually won the tournament so I didn’t feel too bad about my result.
Next I was off to Waco where I played Mihaela Buzarnescu in the first round of qualifying. She was the fourth seed and unfortunately I lost 6-7, 6-3, 6-0. I was starting to get beat up from the amount of tennis I had been playing and the length of the season. I bounced back for doubles and played with a girl named Renata Zarazua. We ended up losing in the quarters to the number one seed, but overall we made a pretty good team.
My final tournament of the year was right in my college stomping grounds, so I couldn’t wait to get there. I always enjoy playing tournaments in the Phoenix area, since my friends and college coaches can come watch. In the first round of qualifying I played Sanaz Marand and I won 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 after being down 4-1 in the third. Next up I had Ashley Weinhold who I beat in another tough three setter, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6. I couldn’t seem to get a good start, but I was starting to play better every match. In the final round of qualifying I ran into Michaela Gordon again. Once again I started poorly and was down 4-1, but I worked my way into the match and won 6-4, 6-1. I felt good going into the main draw and drew the number one seed, Tatjana Maria, who is currently ranked 68 in the world. I knew it was going to be a battle, but it was also a great opportunity to test my skills on a top player. I took it to her and played super aggressive most of the match, which allowed me to beat her 6-4, 7-6. This is the highest ranked win of my career to date. In the second round I had Viktorija Golubic, who had just won the tournament in Waco so I knew I was in for another battle. I played a pretty good match, and for the most part played the way that I wanted to play, but I came up short. I lost 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. It was close until the very end, but she came up with some big shots to take the match. I’m excited about the direction my game is going, so I think next year will be a good year for me. Until next time!