Friday, April 12, 2013 - 12:24am Wilm. Friends' Jaskulski - WDEL Female HS Athlete of the Week
By Sean Greene
VIDEO: Interview with Annie Jaskulski
Wilmington Friends tennis player Annie Jaskulski is this week's WDEL Female High School Athlete of the Week.
Annie is off to a fine start to her sophomore season after losing in the State Championship No. 1 singles match last spring.
Amazingly she only started playing tennis in 6th grade after competing in figure skating and equestrian.
"I was over at Bellevue State Park a lot, and I remember I watched a lot of people play tennis and thought it looked like a lot of fun. I asked my Mom if I could try a couple of lessons and ever since that day I couldn't stop."
While tennis may not seem to have a lot in common with skating and riding horses, Annie says she draws from her other favorite sports.
"It's very physical, it takes up a lot of energy. Mentally you have to stay in the point and not give up on yourself."
Annie is the 5th ranked under-16 player in the Middle States region of the USTA, including players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia. She competes in national tournaments, I asked her what her best experience was.
"Definitely Arizona because I got to see the country and very beautiful landscapes. I also got to be with more of my Middle States friends than I usually am and other friends from other places in the country. It was more enjoyable for me getting to support them and them supporting me."
Playing competitive tennis requires practicing both before and after school, but Annie says she focuses hard on her studies at Friends as well, and says she loves science and math.
"It just comes naturally to me. Mathematics with numbers and chemistry and physics with equations, it comes naturally to me."