Anderson Hitting the Courts this Summer

July 1, 2008

Players for the Washington tennis teams spend much of their seasons indoors, or glancing up at Seattle's springtime skies with concern. A rainy spring kept the Husky women's team from playing a single home match outdoors, but with the weather having now heated up, it's common to see some of UW's local student-athletes working on their games at the Bill Quillian courts.

One regular out on the courts is sophomore-to-be Ashley Anderson, who hails from Mukilteo, Wash. Anderson recently captured the Seattle City Open, which ran from June 16-22 at the Amy Yee Tennis Center in Seattle.

The tournament was one of a full summer of local open tournaments that Anderson plans to participate in so she can get off to a fast start when her sophomore season begins in the fall.

'I plan to play as many PNW opens as I can this summer. I want to get as much match play experience as possible,' Anderson says. 'I actually played this tournament last year and lost to (teammate) Aleks Malovic in the 1st round in three sets.'

This year, Anderson did not drop a set in her four victories, and defeated top-seeded Deborah Higa in the semifinals, and the No. 2 seed Bettina Gehle in the final. Anderson took out Gehle, 6-2, 6-3. The ages of the women in the draw ranged from 17 to women in their 30's.

'The women were well-seasoned & smart players. They would compare to some of the lower level players I encountered this year in college.'

For Anderson, who saw the majority of her action during the fall season last year, getting live matches under her belt is vital. She has a clear idea of the areas of her game that need improvement.

'The main thing for me to work on is my serve. Right now I can't rely on consistently placing it well and making it in at critical points of a match,' Anderson says. 'I need to fix some technical errors and then I believe it could be a great strength for my game. I also am working on my mental game. I need to get smarter on the court as well as come up with the goods when the match is tight and I'm under pressure.'

The results indicate that Anderson did not give much away during the week. With a full summer ahead of her, it should be fun for Husky fans to view the progress when the team comes together again for the fall.

'It was a fun tournament,' says Anderson. 'I improved my level of play with each match. I served well and received a lot of free points because of it. For the most part I looked to attack and come in, but made sure to remain patient until the opportunities presented themselves.'

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