Competition picks up at P-T Tennis Classic
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2691 July 22, 2013 11:14PM
Kristi Tinsley of Schererville competes at the Post-Tribune Tennis Classic at Valparaiso University on Monday, July 22, 2013. | Michael Gard~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 24, 2013 6:36AM
VALPARAISO — Kristi Tinsley had a busy day. The 14-year-old from Schererville had four matches scheduled Monday for the 2013 Post-Tribune Tennis Classic.
“I brought a lot of water,” Tinsley said with a laugh. She won her first two matches Monday afternoon and was waiting for a court to become available to play her third. “And I was hoping the sun would go in a little so I wouldn’t get worn out.”
The weather cooperated as the 2013 Post-Tribune Tennis Classic got underway with boys and girls junior divisions action at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex.
“We’re real pleased with the way the matches have gone this first day. The weather was a huge help for us,” said Jim Daugherty, one of the tournament directors. “We had a lot of good matches out there and good sportsmanship as well. The day went very smooth.”
Daugherty said there were “about 90” entries for the junior divisions, and that doesn’t include junior doubles.
Tinsley, who will be going to Lake Central, is competing in the event for the third time. She won the 12U girls’ tournament in 2012 and placed second in the 14U girls’ tournament last year.
“I like this event so much because it is the actual first tournament I played in,” she said. “So you’ve got to do this one every year. It’s like tradition.”
This year, she is participating in the 14U singles, the 16U singles and 16U doubles tournaments. She won her two matches at 14U and went 1-1 at 16U singles on Monday.
“I love it,” Tinsley said of her schedule. “I haven’t had a lot of time to do a tournament this summer, so this is my first tournament and it’s really nice getting back on the court in a competitive scene.”
One champion was crowned Monday. That was Karolina Sroka in the 12U girls division.
Sroka plays basketball and swims. But tennis is the 12-year-old’s favorite sport.
“It was really fun,” said Sroka, who is from Munster.
Sroka said the key to the success was “just getting the ball over the net and not getting it out.”
Sroka’s first match was at 11 a.m. Her second was at 2 p.m. In between, she relaxed and had lunch at Wendy’s.
“I met some people and I could have fun with them,” she said of competing for the first time in the event.