Phoenix athlete takes second in girls winter tennis nationals

Savannah Slaysman on left with partner, Rosca. (Photo by Shelby Payne, USTA Central Arizona. )

Savannah Slaysman on left with partner, Christina Rosca. (Photo by Shelby Payne, USTA Central Arizona. )

Savannah Slaysman of Phoenix finished second in the doubles division at the USTA Girls’ 18s Winter National Championships with her partner Christina Rosca of Princeton, N.J.

The pair lost to Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and Annette Goulak (Oak Park, Calif.), 6-3, 6-1.

The Winter National Championships consisted of 128 singles players and 64 doubles teams in the 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s age divisions, according to a press release. They were played on outdoor hard courts at Scottsdale Ranch Park (18s and 16s) and the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson. (14s and 12s).

USTA Girls’ 18s Winter National Championships:

Singles: (9) Jessica Failla, Ramona, Calif., d. (12) Alyvia Jones, Midland, Mich., 6-3, 6-1

Doubles: (2) Ena Shibahara, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. / Annette Goulak, Oak Park, Calif. d., (1) Christina Rosca, Princeton, N.J. / Savannah Slaysman, Phoenix, 6-3, 6-1

Each year, more than 120,000 players compete in USTA junior tournaments.

Players compete in levels of competition through earned advancement in the 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. USTA junior tournaments help kids take their game as far as they want—high school, college or pros—or just have fun competing, stated the release.

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