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Heart of a Champion

Heart of a Champion

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Heart of a Champion

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48 pages
41 minutes
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Sortie:
Jul 7, 2013
ISBN:
9781301258802
Format:
Livre

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Laura played tennis in High School but circumstances forced her to give up the game. After rediscovering the game as an adult she decides to play in the City Tournament. She badly sprains her ankle in preparation for the tournament. She works hard to recover from the injury to make the tournament. She struggles through the draw working hard to overcome the pain and restriction of her badly sprained ankle.

Éditeur:
Sortie:
Jul 7, 2013
ISBN:
9781301258802
Format:
Livre

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Ann Kler has been writing stories geared towards very specific audiences for over 20 years. Ann's work has been read on the internet for years and is now available at smashbooks. feel free to email at annkler@yahoo.com

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Heart of a Champion - Ann Kler

Heart of a Champion

Ann Kler

Copyright Ann Kler 2013

Published at Smashwords

Heart of a Champion

Laura was so proud of herself. She had qualified for the city tennis championship tournament.

She had been a highly touted tennis star in High School, but her senior year in high school began with her father’s death. The grief from the death coupled with having to take care of her mother who had broken down badly from the death meant she could not play her senior season. She still had the letters sent to her before that senior year in high school, from several major colleges expressing interest in giving her a college scholarship. She so dominated opponents her teammates had nicknamed her Laura Luv.

After Laura finished high school she kind of forgot about the whole tennis thing. After working waiting tables in a bar for a year she went to cosmetology school. She got a job in the business and made pretty good money doing it.

I met Laura 2 years ago after moving to town and stumbling into her shop to get my hair cut. We started dating and after about a year she moved in with me.

Soon after we started dating she told me about her tennis experience and I immediately insist we play. She easily dismantled me and I encouraged her to pursue the game more seriously. She joined the local parks and rec league and soon made friends and was playing several times a week.

She soon immersed herself into the local tennis scene. She was able to hold her own with most anyone. While I still played with her occasionally she was well beyond my skill level and I really didn’t pose any competition for her.

I delighted in watching her play. She was a strong player with a high level of concentration. At 5’10" and 130 pounds she had enough size to have power yet was quick enough to get around the court nimbly. Her shoulder length brown hair would fly in the wind as she ran. She was a pleasure to watch.

After a year and a half in the league her friends encouraged her to enter the qualifier for the city championship. I watched every match with excitement. She cruised through the four match qualifier barely losing a point. She was still deserving of the nickname given to her in High School.

Since the city tournament didn’t start for nearly 6 weeks, Laura decided it would be a good tune up to enter the tournament in the community we lived in. It was a series of apartment complexes designed for young singles and couples. Laura had played in this tournament last year and lost in the semifinals. She had improved quit a bit in the last year and I expected her to do well.

She would have to play 6 matches in 2 weeks if she didn’t get eliminated. It seemed like a perfect tune-up for the city championship.

Her first match happened on a Tuesday night. I had a meeting and didn’t get home in time to see her play. She had won 6-2, 6-1 and was slated to play again on Thursday.

On Thursday I got home from work in plenty of time for the match. Since the court was right up the street from our apartment we just walked. Her friend from the apartments, Renee was there to watch as she got matched up against a woman in her late 20’s. Renee and I stood outside the fence and chatted as the match began. While her opponent was able to make some good returns it appeared Laura had the match under control. She won the first set 6-2 and it appeared it would be an easy win for her.

Renee and I leaned over the fence watching the match and talking. I listened as Renee told me about some drama in her office while keeping my eyes on the action the whole while. Laura was up 4-1 and it looked like her opponent’s spirit was broken. Laura was up 40-15 when the girl she was playing hit a swift shot along the left baseline Laura raced hard to her left, it seemed futile to chase it but she seemed to catch up to the ball. As she positioned herself for the shot she attempted to stop short on her left foot to avoid overrunning the ball.

As she attempted to stop

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