Sinai takes silver
Freedom High School’s number one singles tennis player Natalie Sinai worked her way through five matches to earn the silver medal at the District XI Class 3A singles tennis final last Thursday at Winning Touch in Allentown.
Sinai faced Easton’s Elessa Jacobs who won in two sets 6-0, 6-1 in the championship match.
Sinai had previously defeated Easton’s Kaitlin Grogg 6-0, 6-2, Liberty’s Paige Simons by default, Easton’s Hiu Yink Kwok 6-2, 6-4, and Pottsville’s Michala Zembas 6-0, 6-0.
“Today was my first singles final so it was a little nerve wracking,” Sinai said. “I felt like the first set went quick, but in the second set, I took a little more time and I felt like I did a little better.”
Besides winning a game early in the second set, there were other games when Sinai and Jacobs were 30 all.
“Jacobs just overpowers you, so with the result being, if you’re not going to keep hitting four, five, six, seven, eight, nine balls deep, you end up hitting a short ball waist high, you’re in trouble ... Unless you hit a perfect sliced low ball, it’s not good enough,” said Freedom coach Mark Sigmon.
“I thought Natalie played very well. If Natalie keeps playing this well through team [districts] and [district] doubles, hopefully we get to Hershey two weeks in a row.”
The Freedom Patriots are seeded third for the District XI team tennis tournament which is being played this week with the final scheduled for Thursday at Lehigh University.
“Postseason, I still have another two weeks and then hopefully some after that,” Sinai said. “I feel like every time I’ve gone out on the court I’ve really tried my best, whatever I had that day, so it was fun. It went fast.”