Middle Georgia tennis fans are enjoying professional level, womens’ tennis at the Jaime Kaplan Tennis Center located on Stratford Academy’s campus.
Sachin Khurana, a two year veteran on Stratford Academy’s tennis team dashed down to the courts just prior to his study hall class.
Khurana is no stranger to pro-level tennis. I’ve been to the Atlanta Open 250 and the Cincinnati 1k. Those were great events with great players, said Khurana, “but nothing beats being in my own back yard at my own school.
“I came during my breaks and I got to hit with the players on Monday.It doesn’t get much better than this.”
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Khurana’s schoolmates were treated to the tennis during regularly scheduled PE classes. “They’ve brought the lower grades out,” Khurana said.
Among the spectators where countless local tennis league players and enthusiast eager to see how the pros get it done. “They make the same mistakes we do,” a 4.0 USTA league player commented during a doubles match. “They hit the ball out. They hit the ball into the net,” she said giving her eye a wink. “So what if you hit the ball 200 miles per hour, if it hits the net, the result is the same.”
Thursday afternoon, fans were treated with an upset win from doubles players, Lauren Embree (USA) / Allie Kiick (USA) as they defeated top seeded players Asia Muhamad(USA) / Allie Will (USA)  WD6-2 6-2.
“We knew they were a tough team,” said Embree, who enjoys playing doubles, “Breaking Asia’s serve was one of the hardest.”
“We had a couple of AD, which can change the match either way, we were fortunate with those,” said Kiick.
Thursday’s Results (Winners Listed First)
Starting at 10:00 Jacqueline CAKO (USA)Alexa GUARACHI (USA) WS6-3 6-2
Starting at 10:00 Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR)Mari OSAKA (JPN) WS2-6 6-4 6-3
Starting at 10:00 Madison BRENGLE (USA) Natalie PLUSKOTA (USA) WS6-2 6-2Followed by Allie KIICK (USA) Allie WILL (USA) WS6-1 6-0
Followed by Nicole GIBBS (USA) Alexandra STEVENSON (USA) WS4-2 Ret.
Followed by Julia BOSERUP (USA)Piia SUOMALAINEN (FIN) WS6-1 6-0
Followed by Ajla TOMLJANOVIC (CRO) Danielle LAO (USA) WS6-3 6-2
Followed by Anna TATISHVILI (GEO) Carol ZHAO (CAN) WS6-1 4-6 6-0
Followed by Kristi BOXX (USA) / Abigail GUTHRIE (NZL)Stephanie BENGSON (AUS) / Madison BRENGLE (USA) WD7-5 5-7 [11-9]
Followed by Lauren EMBREE (USA) / Allie KIICK (USA)Asia MUHAMMAD (USA) / Allie WILL (USA)  WD6-2 6-2
Followed by Emily J. HARMAN (USA) / Elizabeth LUMPKIN (USA)Jennifer ELIE (USA) / Kady POOLER (USA) WD2-6 6-1 [15-13]
Followed by Julia BOSERUP (USA) / Samantha CRAWFORD (USA)Rosalia ALDA (USA) / Epiphany B. TURNER (USA) WD6-4 6-2