Ann Pepper is a Class 6A regional champion with seven first-place finishes in tournaments this season. Her record entering the state tennis championships on Friday is 31-5.
She was a No. 1 doubles state champion last season and was a state champ in No. 2 singles as freshman.
Q: Do you feel more pressure playing in the state tournament than others?
A: “Yeah. Anyone really would.”
You were a No. 1 doubles state champion last season. Do you miss playing doubles or do you prefer playing singles?
“I really do like doubles. I like singles, too, but I like doubles because you have a partner. You have someone talk to you and get you pumped up. In singles, I like how I control everything.”
What is the strongest part of your game?
“My attitude. I have an even attitude. I really don t get so frustrated that I blow up. I am just relaxed.”
How difficult is the training for tennis?
“It can be pretty brutal. Sometime you have to run a lot. It drains you.”
How long have you been playing tennis?
“Since I was like 10.”
What is the best and worst thing about playing tennis?
“Sometimes you have to give up a lot of social stuff on the weekends when there are tournaments. That's kind of a bummer.”
Are you going to play tennis in college?
“I am going to OU as a preferred walk-on.”
What professional tennis player do you admire the most and why?
“I really like Roger Federer. He is such an even player. He is really modest. I really like that.”