LHS' Shaw solid during recent tournament play
After a dominating opening round in the Capital Area Tennis Association Gran Prix Junior Tour Horseshoe Bay Clay Open, the sophomore Lady Badger fell in the finals to the tournament's topranked player Kelley Dowell.
Coming into the event, Shaw owned first place in the CATA Gran Prix Junior Tour girls' 16 singles standings, sitting 49 points ahead of second-place Maddy Springer.
Shaw's play was indicative of her high ranking.
She cruised to an 8-3 first-round victory over the tournament's second-ranked player Marissa Pryor before pushing Dowell to her limits in the title match, where Shaw narrowly fell 9-7.
At the previous CATA tournament, the Georgetown Junior Grand Slam, unranked Shaw went undefeated en route to the championship. She defeated top seed Pryor in straight sets before eliminating Springer in the finals.
The next scheduled event on the Gran Prix Junior Tour is the Barton Creek Open this Friday through Sunday at the Barton Creek Country Club in Austin.
One week after competing for the championship at Horseshoe Bay, Shaw took part in the Spenco Austin Tennis Academy's Pre- Summer Grand Slam Open. Despite suffering an early defeat, Shaw bounced back to claim the tournament's consolation crown.
In the first round of play, Miranda Carlson defeated Shaw in three sets. After losing the first set 6-4, Shaw exploded for a 6-1 victory in the second set.
Carlson adjusted, however, in the deciding set, and escaped with a 7-5 win to take the match and send Shaw to the consolation bracket.
With consolation competitor Jordan Anderson suffering from an illness, Shaw automatically advanced to the finals, where she ran into a familiar opponent as Springer awaited after knocking off Holly Cantalupo 6-3, 6-4 in the consolation semifinals.
The extra rest benefited Shaw as she easily won the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
Carlson, Shaw's opening opponent, lost to the eventual champ Mathilde Moeller in the quarterfinals.