Thirteen year old Jeannie Barcia added yet another trophy to her growing collection.
Last weekend she battled through to become runner up in the XV TORNEO FEDERADO CLUB DE TENIS PUENTE ROMANO. This federated tournament counts towards the rankings on a regional and national level for all participants by age category. Jeannie was competing in the 14 years and under category.
In the semi-final match Jeannie was up against Semona Alter, a tough competitor. Semona is physically very strong with a good serve, she plays well from the baseline and her forehand and backhand strokes are consistently good. The match was scheduled for 20.00 pm and watching the warm-up one could see that it would be a tough match.
The first game of the first set was very long and was finally won by Simona. However, Jeannie remained calm and took the next game to level the score at 1-1. From then on the match was played like professional players, every point was fought hard with many strong cross-court exchanges and down the line winners. Jeannie finally took the first set 6-3.
The second set was even more strongly contested. Every point was a struggle but Jeannie’s big forehand drive started to come into play. If Jeannie received the ball in the centre of the court her forehand was very solid. The intense and exciting atmosphere of the match drew a large crowd with many players and trainers watching the game. Jeannie finally won 6-3 6-4 in a match that lasted two and a half hours.
The next day the final took place at 10.00 am, Jeannie’s competitor was the other semi-final winner Telma Lorenzo. Jeannie lost the final 2-6 3-6. The match was very different to the semi-final with some line-call disputes and Jeannie didn’t settle and made too many unforced errors.
These two matches were very different and are an example of different ways of winning and losing. They provided a great experience for young players like Jeannie to develop their game.
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