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Freshman Nets State Tennis Title

Kimmy Guerin ripped forehand winners, slammed home serves and stuck to an aggressive game plan. The result was a stunningly easy win for the Weston High freshman over two-time champion Vanessa Petrini of Westhill High School in Stamford, 6-3, 6-3, in the singles finals of the State Open at Yale University.

Guerin, the No. 2 seed, simply overpowered the top-seeded senior. There were five straight service breaks in the first set before Guerin held in the ninth game. In the second set, Guerin broke Petrini to go up 2-1 and won the next two games to take a 4-1 lead. Petrini tried to battle back, but Guerin simply had too many weapons.

"I definitely wanted to be aggressive,'' said Guerin, who lost to Petrini in three sets in their only other meeting.

It was a surprising victory in the sense that Petrini had played in three straight Open finals, winning two. It was shocking how easy Guerin made it look. Guerin dropped just seven games in five matches in her run to the final. "Her shots were unbelievable, and she really played great this whole tournament,'' Weston coach Mary Ann Vorvis said. "It's like everyday tennis with her. It's like she's out there to have fun and have a good time. She never gets rattled."

Weston also won the Open doubles with Marie Gargiulo and Emma Samson, and earned the Class S state title last week. It's a rare triple for any school to walk off with all of the tennis hardware, but that's exactly what Weston did. "I don't know what we'll do next year,'' Vorvis said. "Can we come back and do it again?"

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