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The first round of the Class 4A and 2A state tennis tournament got started Monday at Sanlando Park and Lake Brantley in Altamonte Springs.
Countryside’s Alex Kitchen had a good day in the first round of the 4A girls individual tournament at Lake Brantley. After winning her first match 6-2, 6-2 over Dana Hatchett of Viera, Kitchen faced St. Petersburg’s Agatha Ambrozy. Ambrozy, the No. 2 seed, had a bye in the first round.
Kitchen dropped the first set 4-6 but rebounded to take the final two sets 6-1, 6-0. She will face Gabriella Castaneda of Everglades in the semifinals at 8 a.m. today at Sanlando Park.
Seminole’s doubles team of Amy Lowther and Cailynn Madsen lost in the first round to Parkland Douglas’ Kellyn Abbanat and Kaela Bynoe 6-3, 6-4.
Palm Harbor University’s boys and girls doubles teams lost their first-round matches. Carina Gobes and Samantha Azadian lost to Gabriela and Vero Beach’s Patricia Portmann 6-2, 6-4. Nathan Lord and Brian Bell lost to Parkland Douglas’ Cody Hanzer and Scott Koretsky 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.
“It’s too bad because I know they could have played better,” PHU coach Irene Tharin said of her doubles teams. “They could have beaten those teams. I felt bad for the seniors because they had to go out this way.
“But they did play hard. It just wasn’t their day.”
East Lake junior Ganesh Rajaram won his opening-round singles match against Coral Springs’ William House 6-2, 6-0. Rajaram lost in the second round 6-2, 6-2 to Sebastian Beltrame of Orlando Olympia.