Home-schooler Emma Deimling, 13, of Medina is the 2012 Springside Fall Championship Girls 14’s champion. The tennis tournament was held Sept. 21-23 at Springside Racquet and Fitness Club in Akron.
Deimling beat Alicia Ma 6-3, 6-1 in the finals after beating Lydia Peercy 6-3, 6-3, Maria Zivick 6-1, 6-3 and Lauren Paczak 6-0, 6-0 to win the championship. Two weeks earlier she was the Five Seasons September Championships Girl’s 14’s runner-up.
Deimling has made a lot of progress in the last six months in attaining her goal to become a top Midwest tennis player. With her coach, Alan Walker, and hitting coach Chad Schmock, she has improved her Girls 14’s rankings to No. 3 in Northeast Ohio, No. 18 in Ohio and No. 51 in the Midwest.
Last April she was one of two girls featured in Tennisrecruting.net’s “Prince’s Hot 100 List," a ranking of the players with the most improved rankings in the nation. In May she finished in the top nine at Northeast Ohio Tennis Association’s (NEOTA) Pattison Championships which qualified her to compete at the Midwest Junior Closed Outdoor Championships held in Kalamazoo, Mich in June. She made the round of 64 where she lost to the No. 6 seed. She went on to make the third round of the consolation by winning two more matches.
Deimling was then selected to be on NEOTA’s 14’s Cup Team which was made up of three top junior girls and four top junior boys. They competed at the USTA’s Midwest Team Competition in West Lafayette, Ind. where they finished seventh out of 13 teams. Her last competition before taking two months off in the summer was the Ashland Times Gazette tournament where she won the girl’s 16’s and 18’s divisions.
Deimling is also a ballet dancer and classical pianist.