Friedman recovers from love right way

Losing 2nd set of city final 0-6, City sophomore wins girls singles title in the 3rd

Tennis

May 09, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

City sophomore Anna Friedman knows how to bounce back.

Just at the moment it appeared Friedman was finished, she regained her composure to overcome a disastrous second set and defeat Western senior Josette Wiggins, 6-3, 0-6, 6-1, to take the Baltimore City girls singles title yesterday afternoon at Clifton Park.

In the boys singles final, Poly freshman Luciano Brunetti downed Patterson junior Joshua Robinson, 6-1, 6-1, to lead the Engineers to their seventh straight team title. Poly edged second-place City, 30-26.

In a girls final featuring two baseline players, there were several drastic momentum shifts. Friedman fell behind 3-1 in the first set before winning the next five games. Wiggins then responded by winning the next seven games to even the match and take a 1-0 lead in the third set. At that point, however, Friedman regained her edge and reeled off the final six games to take the match.

"So much of tennis is mental, and you could argue that the entire game is mental," said Friedman, who was the runner-up at last year's city title match. "I knew that I had lost my concentration in the second set. I was excited about winning the first, and I was a little bit distracted. In a tennis match, you have to be concentrating the entire time."

Friedman improved to 10-1 this season. Her only setback was an 8-4 defeat to Wiggins in the regular season. Wiggins had entered the match unbeaten against female competition, although she had lost one match in high school competition to a male opponent.

In the boys final, Brunetti used a solid first serve and net game to easily defeat Robinson, his best friend and fishing partner. Brunetti lost just four games in three matches in the tournament, and his season record now stands at 12-0.

"It took a lot to beat him, but I found his weakness," Brunetti said. "He kept looking down when I hit the ball, so I could run up to the net and smash it on him. My slams were getting in, and my serves were getting in at the end."

Elsewhere, sisters Djamila El-Frih and Fatiha El-Frih of City won the girls doubles title with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over teammates Andrea Kind and Christian Hawkins. It was the second city title this year for the El-Frih sisters, both juniors separated by just 11 months. They also played on City's title-winning soccer team.

In boys doubles, Poly's Andrew Cushing and Chris Woodland defeated teammates Deon Jackson and Sami Tannouri, 6-4, 6-4. The mixed doubles was taken by the Edmondson duo of Michael Better and Crystal Henderson, who downed Poly's Raymond Yu and Tanisha Powell, 6-4, 6-2.

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