Tennis: Alamo Heights’ Crawley 2nd at prestigious event

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Alamo Heights sophomore Fiona Crawley was second in Girls 16 singles at prestigious Orange Bowl championships in Florida. Photo by Andrew Ong/USTA

Alamo Heights sophomore Fiona Crawley was runner-up in 16-and-under girls singles Saturday at the prestigious Orange Bowl junior championships at the Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida. The tournament is the world’s oldest and largest event in junior tennis and its former champions and competitors include Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Chris Evert and Caroline Wozniacki.

Crawley, 15, who in May teamed with Brittney Wilbur to win the Class 5A doubles state title and last month helped lead the Mules to the 5A team tennis state tournament, lost to Estonia’s Katriin Saar 6-3, 6-3 in the final.

“I would have felt better if I would have won, but it’s great to make it through the finals,” Crawley said. “It’s always scary playing somebody you didn’t know before. She was an excellent player and she played really well today. Obviously, great experience. Hopefully, I can use this loss to help me get better.”

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