Whittle Downs Highly-ranked Pro Player in California
Sept. 28, 2017
TEMPLETON, Calif.—Gonzaga junior Sophie Whittle picked up a significant victory Wednesday, beating No. 3 seed Francoise Abanda 6-2, 6-3, in the first round of the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open. Whittle is competing in the tournament independently and on her own accord.
“I have no idea what I just did, I’m just shaking,” Whittle told a USTA press officer after the match. “I think I played the best I’ve ever played, or at least the smartest I’ve ever played. After I let the nerves go away after the first couple of games, I felt a little better and I just told myself I could do it. I felt like I went in pretty well prepared and I think she thought she would roll over me…but I just knew I could beat anyone.”
The Nipomo, Calif., native tallied the big win by controlling much of the match, at one point winning 10 games in a row. Whittle went 7-for-9 in her break point opportunities, and she won 67 total points in comparison to Abanda’s 50. Abanda entered the match ranked No. 114 in the world according to the International Tennis Federation.
Whittle will continue play in the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open Thursday, Sept. 28, with a Round-of-16 matchup against Laura Robson of Great Britain. Robson is currently ranked No. 249 in the world by the International Tennis Federation but has climbed as high as No. 27 in singles play. That contest will start at 6:00 p.m. on Templeton Tennis Ranch’s Stadium court.
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