Friday, August 01, 2008

Afternoon Tennis

It's finally a little slower around here. Although our high school football coverage is about to kick into overdrive, this week was good for a slight breather. The last two days, I shot a couple of Fort Wayne city tennis tournament matches, and on both days we had great light. It made for some photos that were a little contrasty for newsprint, but what more can we expect from using recycled TP?

A story that came out of the tournament is the womens' championship will feature the youngest player in Fort Wayne tournament history to compete for a title. Twelve-year-old Leah Barnes beat out a women 30 years her senior in the semis to advance and face three-time defending champion Amy Recht. Check out Blake Sebring's story on last night's match here.

Here are just a few photos from the last two days.

July 31, 2008 - Fort Wayne, Ind. - Leah Barnes, 12, returns a shot at the baseline during her semifinal match in the Fort Wayne City womens tennis tournament. Barnes beat Lee Dunstedter Thursday to face defending champion Amy Recht in the championship match on Monday at Swinney Tennis Center.
Photo by Chad Ryan.

July 31, 2008 - Fort Wayne, Ind. - Lee Dunstedter reaches to hit a shot down the line in her match against 12-year-old Leah Barnes in the semifinals of the Fort Wayne City womens tournament.
Photo by Chad Ryan.

July 30, 2008 - Fort Wayne, Ind. - Hunter Schouweiler keeps his eyes on the ball during his match against Weston Young in the mens' city tennis tournament on Wednesday. Schouwieler won the match 6-1, 6-1 and will face defending tournament champion and best friend Derek Carpenter in the semifinals.
Photo by Chad Ryan.

July 30, 2008 - Fort Wayne, Ind. - Derek Carpenter pumps his fist after scoring a point in the second set of his match against Renato Costa in the mens' city tennis tournament on Wednesday. Carpenter, the defending champion, lost the first set, but stormed back to take the second set 6-0 before eventually winning the match in a third set tie-breaker.
Photo by Chad Ryan.

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