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State tennis: St. Petersburg's Dvorak ends career with losses

St. Petersburg’s Lindsay Dvorak returns a serve during the 4A singles final, her first loss of the season. “… I didn’t play my best,” she says of the 6-3, 6-3 defeat.

CHRIS LIVINGSTON | Special to the Times

St. Petersburg’s Lindsay Dvorak returns a serve during the 4A singles final, her first loss of the season. “… I didn’t play my best,” she says of the 6-3, 6-3 defeat.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Lindsay Dvorak had mixed emotions Wednesday as she left Sanlando Park. After falling in the overall singles and doubles finals at the Class 4A state tennis tournament, the St. Petersburg senior star was pleased to have advanced so far.

Yet at the same time, she was sad to close her solid high school career with a pair of defeats.

"It's kind of disappointing," Dvorak said. "But I'm proud of what I did."

Dvorak, the state's 17th-ranked player in the 18-and-under division, reached the finals by winning the individual singles and doubles brackets a day earlier. Wednesday, she was trying to become the first player from her school in 53 years to claim a state tennis championship.

In singles, Dvorak lost to Amelia Martinez of Weston Cypress Bay, 6-3, 6-3. It was her first defeat this season.

"She played well, but I didn't play my best," Dvorak said. "It was a little bit of a rough day. She played really well and really smart."

Following an hourlong break after her singles match, Dvorak was back on the court playing for the doubles championship with her younger sister, Emily. But in that match, the duo was overwhelmed by another set of sisters, Taylor and Brittany Dubins of Miami Dr. Krop, 6-1, 6-0.

Even in defeat, "it was pretty cool (playing with her sister)," Lindsay Dvorak said. "We've been practicing together our whole lives."

Lindsay Dvorak will play at Tulane next season. Emily is a promising ninth-grader.

"I learned a lot here," Emily Dvorak said.

Elsewhere, the Shorecrest boys are tied for fourth with two other teams after the first of two days of team competition in Class A. The Chargers are seven points out of the lead. In 3A, the Seminole boys earned a singles victory from Alex Schultz (No. 4) and are in seventh place with one point; the East Lake Girls are tied for seventh after getting a win at No. 2 from Lauran Eschenroeder.

The county's individual qualifiers in the 3A and A brackets didn't have much luck Wednesday. Of the contingent, only Clearwater Central Catholic's Kara Kucin earned a victory. But her season ended the following match.

State tennis: St. Petersburg's Dvorak ends career with losses 04/23/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2008 12:19am]
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