With curiosity in a single sport rising and one other sport waning, Claire Burns determined to make a swap.
Seems, that was an excellent transfer.
Burns would be the first Wilmington Excessive Faculty ladies tennis play to take the courtroom in a state match match Friday morning. The WHS junior will play North Canton Hoover freshman Tess Bucher within the Division I Ohio Ladies Tennis Championship match on the Lindner Household Tennis Heart in Mason.
“There are a number of nice gamers at state and I’m very pleased to be there,” stated Burns, who’s 29-5 on the 12 months. “My purpose is to exit and compete. Win or lose, I need to benefit from the expertise.”
Burns completed fourth Saturday within the Division I Southwest District Ladies Tennis Championship at LFTC.
There was a time, although, Burns couldn’t think about having such success on a tennis courtroom.
A basketball courtroom, perhaps.
“I used to play basketball and I used to be very severe about it,” she stated. “Up till my eighth grade 12 months, I wished to be a university basketball participant.
“However then I finished rising and realized that it was a really lengthy shot for me.”
Burns additionally discovered herself with an growing curiosity in tennis.
“I spotted that it (tennis) was a sport that I used to be enthusiastic about and might be good at,” stated Burns. “I by no means actually stopped having fun with basketball. I simply realized that if I wished to be a high-level tennis participant, I needed to make a dedication to it and must surrender another issues.”
Burns didn’t begin taking part in tennis till she was 10, when she took classes from coach Steve Reed on the Clinton Swim & Tennis Membership on Nelson Avenue. She performed center college tennis beneath the steerage of coach Cathy Fay then started coaching on the South Regency Tennis Heart in Miamisburg and taking part in United States Tennis Affiliation matches.
The consequence was a quick begin to her highschool profession. She didn’t lose a set till the sectional match. From the beginning, she has dominated the SBAAC, with three first-team All-SBAAC honors. She has been SBAAC Participant of the Yr the previous two season. She is also a three-time district qualifier.
In contrast to some gamers, Burns could be very low-key on the courtroom. You’ll need to pressure to listen to something from her if a shot goes awry.
“I’m very centered and attempt to not let my feelings take over,” she stated. “Having a damaging mindset or being too arduous on your self could cause you to play poorly. I attempt to be optimistic throughout my matches and don’t need to present my opponents if I’m pissed off.”
Burns admits she was superstitious — sporting her hair a sure method or utilizing explicit jewellery for a match — when she was a budding star however now’s simply the alternative.
“I began switching up these issues to point out myself that they didn’t truly have an effect on my tennis regardless of that reality I beforehand ‘believed’ they did,” she stated.
Previous to all sectional and district matches this 12 months, although, Burns stated her match-day breakfast routine included a sausage McGriddle and hash browns.
Burns additionally has been an excellent teammate for the Hurricane. Winners of three straight SBAAC championships, Wilmington has had success as a workforce whereas Burns has loved her particular person moments.
“Tennis generally is a very particular person sport particularly with regards to the postseason tournaments, nonetheless we spend the entire season collectively working towards and pushing one another,” stated Burns. “I take pleasure in seeing my teammates succeed of their particular person matches as a result of I understand how a lot they care and the way arduous they work. The tennis workforce is a really shut group of ladies and all of us need the very best for and help one another. Successful the SBAAC league title for the third 12 months in a row is one thing we’re all very happy with and we all know that it took each particular person on the workforce to make that attainable.”
Claire Burns, proper, would be the first WHS ladies tennis participant to succeed in the state match when she takes the courtroom Friday on the Lindner Household Tennis Heart in Mason.
As soon as superstitious about her coiffure, Claire Burns now switches issues up on the tennis courtroom. Right here her high-flying ponytail is on show.
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