It looks to be just the beginning of a long and successful run at the Public Courts for Kirsten White, who held her own and then some this week in the 16-year-old's second appearance in the women's open draw.
She advanced to the high school state tournament for the second year in a row for GW, including last year as the Patriots' No. 1 singles player.
But on Saturday, White simply ran into a much more polished and experienced player than she's used to seeing.
"Her game was really hard to play against because she's just everywhere on the court," she said. "I was hitting the ball short on the court and she was there to put it in the spot it needed to go to hit a winner.
"This tournament I played college players and they have more experience and time put into it, and in high school they're still trying to improve their game a lot more."
White admitted that her ultimate goal is to play tennis in college.
Slusarciuc believed the youngster is well on her way.
"She's actually a very good player," Slusarciuc said. "She definitely has some things she has to work on and improve but I'm sure she'll definitely play in college, and if she's still going to push things the way she does she can get a scholarship to a good college."
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