Jackson senior standout prevails in close match | Girls tennis

Jamshidpour overcomes injury to knock off Mariner rival 7-5, 6-3
By David Pan | May 05, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Jackson’s Maheen Jamshidpour prepares to return serve against Mariner’s Loni Tra during a Wesco 4A match Friday, April 21, at Mariner High School.

Jackson’s Maheen Jamshidpour is a formidable opponent even when she’s not 100 percent healthy.

Nursing an injured bicep tendon, Jamshidpour defeated Mariner’s Loni Tra 7-5, 6-3 in a hard-fought Wesco 4A girls tennis match Friday, April 21, at Mariner High School.

“I don’t feel I played too well in the beginning,” Jamshidpour said. “I was really tense. At the end I just kind of relaxed and trusted, thinking that I know I can play. I just pulled it out.

Jamshidpour’s mental game in the first set also worked to her advantage. The Jackson standout felt she slipped a little bit in the second set.

“I actually felt I played better in the first set. … mentally, I was more in it,” Jamshidpour said. “In the second set, I kind of lost my mental game.”

The match was a clash of styles.

Jamshidpour, who had lost only one league match coming into Friday’s clash, describes herself as a power player, who likes to hit the ball hard. Tra is a finesse player.

“I would consider myself more of a player that angles balls instead of power all the time,” Tra said.

Tra’s angle game was effective in the first set. But Jamshidpour still was able to pull out the first set.

Jamshidpour said that Tra forced her to move forward, which is where she made some of her errors.

“I started kind of playing to her game,” said Jamshidpour, who played No. 3 singles last season and finished sixth in the district tournament.

Jamshidpour followed Friday’s match with back-to-back wins over Glacier Peak’s Michelle Baldini – 6-1, 6-0 and 7-5, 6-0 – last week.

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