Girls tennis: Guerin wins fourth straight title

FI-tennisOf all the State Open tennis championships Kimmy Guerin has won, this year’s is perhaps the most special.

The Weston High senior was making her final appearance in the tournament, which concluded last week. The result, however, was the same.

Once again she reached the finals, winning her fourth straight singles title on Wednesday, June 5, on the Yale courts in West Haven.

“It has been thrilling to watch Kimmy play over the past two years and an incredible gift to witness her triumph at Yale this past week,” said Weston coach Mary Ann Noyer. “I hope she has felt a sense of relief and been able to celebrate her accomplishment as the pressure on her was enormous.”

The No. 1 seed, Guerin again had to win all six of her matches to claim the title. Her first three all resulted in shutouts.

Guerin opened up by defeating Avon’s Pamela Fetzer 8-0 in a pro-set. She did likewise to Guilford’s Kristen Forscher in the next round.

Her first seeded opponent was Newtown’s Lauren Beier, coming in the third round. Playing a full two-set match, Guerin shut her out 6-0, 6-0.

Moving onto the quarterfinals, Guerin opened up with a 6-0 win in the first set over Greenwich’s Jennifer Deluca, the eighth seed. The second was the closest she had played in a while before winning 6-4.

“I don’t know if it was as challenging as I made it,” said Guerin, citing a few mistakes on her part. “She has a really good serve and forehand. It was hard to be as aggressive as I normally am.”

Next up was fifth-seeded Lindsey Evans of Fairfield-Ludlowe, whom Guerin defeated in the earlier rounds of last year’s tournament. A 6-1, 6-3 win sent her to the championship match for the fourth straight time.

The finals put Guerin up against a freshman, Anna Rogers of Westhill, the No. 2 seed. While Guerin won 6-1, 6-3 in straight sets she still felt Rogers was the best high school opponent she faced all season.

With the win, Guerin finished her high school career undefeated with a 96-0 record, not losing one set along the way. For her efforts she was named an All-American selection in her senior year.

“I have to think being named All-American — to be recognized with national distinction as an elite athlete in her sport — was a huge and rewarding moment and a source of immense pride,” said Noyer. “I believe it was the well deserved crowning achievement to her extraordinary high school career and, along with her four State Open titles, a lasting testament to the historic mark she has made on her school, her community and the sport of tennis throughout Connecticut.”

While her high school career is now in the books Guerin will soon embark upon another. In the fall she will play for Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

In the meantime Guerin will still be busy with her USTA schedule, which includes a number of matches during the summer. Among them are three national tournament starting in mid-July.

“It’s crazy that it’s all over,” said Guerin, looking back on her high school tennis career. “I’m happy the way it ended.”

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