Sophomore Meghna Chowdhury became the first Rock Canyon player to advance to the state tennis tournament finals, which was an amazing improvement from a year ago.
Chowdhury lost only three matches playing at No. 1 singles as a freshman last season, but two came in the Region 7 state qualifying tournament and she didn’t qualify for the state tournament.
But what a difference a year makes.
As a sophomore, Chowdhury was undefeated in the regular season and won the regional state qualifying tourney. She had not lost a set in 17 matches heading into the May 11 No. 1 singles finale against defending champion Ty Eaton of Poudre.
Chowdhury suffered her only loss of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Eaton but was named the 2018 Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Tennis Player of the Year.
”When I first got on the court in the finals it was really nerve-wracking because there were so many people with cameras, but it was fun,” she said. “After last year and losing in the regionals I started stepping up and started putting more time into my tennis. I played a lot of national tournaments and my game has improved.”
Coach Glauco Nasimento says Chowdhury’s off-season preparation paid dividends during the high school tennis campaign.
“Meghna had great preparation for the season,” he said. “She didn’t make it last year but we had a great year of training and workouts during the summer and changed some things in her game. She was able to develop weapons that she did not have last year. Also she was a great team leader.
“That was the first time in our school history to have a player in the finals, so we are really proud of her. Her serves and her forehand are really becoming weapons. The finals were a great lesson for her. Her emotions kicked in a lot in the first set, then she managed a little bit better. We look forward to her coming back next year. Her emotions will be easier to control next year.”
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