Tennis: HRA's Slattery finishes 4-2 in USTA Girls 18 Clay national tournament

Maureen Slattery of Newport News finished with a 4-2 record at the U.S. Tennis Association Girls 18 National Clay Court Championships, winning a pair of thrillers in decisive match tiebreakers in the consolation bracket before losing.

Coming off two main-draw victories and a 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 loss to No. 15 seed Taylor Davidson of Statesville, N.C., in the round of 64 Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., Slattery put her game together Wednesday to win two highly competitive back-draw matches.

First, she rallied past Hadley Berg of Greenbrae, Calif., 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4). Then the rising Hampton Roads Academy senior edged University of Tennessee-bound Tiffany Tavares of Las Vegas 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (10-4).

Slattery was eliminated Thursday in a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Kimmy Guerin of Weston, Conn., who has committed to play for Wake Forest.

Before leaving for the event, Slattery said she would meet with numerous college coaches and called the tournament "the biggest of my life." She is a two-time Daily Press girls tennis Player of the Year -- for HRA this spring and for Warwick in 2010, when she was the state Group AAA singles runner-up.

Shannon Hudson of Virginia Beach is 5-1 in the event so far.

After winning her first two matches in Memphis, lost 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 64 to No. 1 seed Gabrielle Andrews of Pomona, Calif. But since then, the former state Group AAA champion from First Colonial High has won her first three consolation matches.

Hudson breezed past Shea Flanagan of Overland Park, Kan., 6-0, 6-2, then registered a 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-3) upset of No. 12 Catherine Harrison of Germantown, Tenn.

Thursday, she stayed in the event by handling Davidson 7-5, 6-3.

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