May 13, 2010 10:10 PM by Jordan Mason

Palmer's Wojakowska aims for state tennis title

The 3-day Colorado high school girls' state tennis championships kicked off Thursday with 4A in Pueblo and 5A in Denver.

One of the 5A favorites will be Palmer High School's Adriana Wojakowska. She's the younger sister of a former state champ and she just won a regional title.

Wojakowska is one of Colorado's top high school tennis players and she's also one of Colorado's most unique noise makers on the court.

"I talk to myself a lot on the court," said Wojakowska. Sometimes I'm just like, you're so stupid and things like that, which probably aren't pretty to watch but it helps me get rid of my anger."

"With her wonderful attitude on and off the court, she's just one big kid at heart," said Palmer Head Tennis Coach Holly Strack. "And when she gets on the court, she's just this phenomenal player."

The Palmer junior and daughter of Polish immigrants finally has a solid net game to pair with her stellar baseline play.

"I've always thought, boy, if she can just have that confidence to come in and play that net, it's all hers," said Strack.

"I think most of the time I'm just trying to move my opponent and the point in a classy way so that I hit the winner and they can't do anything about it," said Wojakowska. "Oh, I'm sorry you can't get that, but I won the point anyway."

And if Wojakowska can control the net, look for her as a favorite to win her first number-1 singles title.

Adriana won the number-2 singles state title two years ago as a freshman.

Her older sister, Veronika, won the number-1 singles title a few years ago, and now plays for CSU.



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