If it were only cold on Sunday, it may not have been so tough for Victoria Duval and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, the two finalists at the W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic held at the Leroy Peddy Tennis Center on the campus of Mercer University.
Unfortunately for the fans and the players, it was very windy too.
After losing the first four games of the match, however, Schmiedlova found her groove and won 12 of the next 13 games to cruise to a 6-4, 6-1 win over Duval to win the $12,000 check for first place.
“I started off slow and the conditions were crazy with the cold and the wind,” said Schmiedlova, who hails from Slovakia and is currently ranked No.181 in the world.
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“After the first few games I figured that I had to play the conditions, and that keeping the ball in the court was important. I just needed not to play so aggressive, and that seemed to work.
Duval broke Schmiedlova twice in the first four games and seemed to be on her way to a win, but could not keep it going. Schmiedlova at one point won eight straight games.
“Obviously the conditions were tough , but they were tough for both of us, Schmiedlova said. “I am only in the United States for two months and really was not prepared for the cold, but I have played in much colder temperatures in Slovakia. I am really just glad to win any match I can.”
The doubles championship was played right before the singles and it was not even close as the team of Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria needed only 50 minutes to beat the team of Paula Cristina Goncalves and Sanaz Marand by a score of 6-1, 6-0. Christian and Santamaria, who won a NCAA doubles championship when they were at USC, dominated the match, allowing their opponents to win only 25 totals points in the match.
“We just tried to be diligent with moving our feet and not to let the conditions rattle us, said Christian, who along with Santamaria will head to Thailand on Monday for more tennis. “We tried warming up 20 minutes right before the match so we would go into the match warm, and we were very patient with each other. We just tried the best we could and were thankful that we could win.”