High school state tennis: Bermudez wins first title while brother falls in final

2011-05-03T00:00:00Z 2011-05-06T10:49:29Z High school state tennis: Bermudez wins first title while brother falls in finalDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 03, 2011 12:00 am  • 

GLENDALE - Canyon del Oro's Rita Bermudez won her first singles state title Monday, while her brother Carlos from Palo Verde fell just short of his third straight championship.

Rita Bermudez, a junior, won the girls Division II championship with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Aleeza Kanner from Phoenix Sunnyslope. The first set was close and lasted nearly 90 minutes, but Bermudez locked it down in the second set.

"I think my match before tired me out," she said of beating Catalina Foothills' Rachana Bhat 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals earlier at Paseo Racquet Center.

"I was really tired; I could not feel my feet," Bermudez added.

But the feeling of winning her first championship made everything better.

"It's still hard to believe," she said. "I'm shaking right now. It's awesome."

CDO coach Casey Pfordt could not recall the last Dorado to win singles title.

"It's been quite a few years," she said with a laugh.

Bhat won 6-0, 6-0 in the third-place match.

Meanwhile, Rita's brother Carlos Bermudez, a senior at Palo Verde and two-time defending state champion, lost to Gilbert Campo Verde's Dominic Patrick 7-5, 7-3 in the boys Division II final.

"I thought I was over hitting a little bit," Bermudez said. "I was going for too much."

Patrick said he didn't expect to beat Bermudez, calling him "pure aggressive," but he still felt he had the best shot to take him down.

Zaina Sufi and Samantha Ruth from Catalina Foothills won the girls Division II doubles title with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Ironwood Ridge's Katrina Domingo and Marissa Baca.

Ruth won the doubles championship last year as well, only her partner then was Zaina's older sister Nooria.

"They're both really good competitors," Ruth said about the Sufi sisters.

Zaina Sufi, a junior, said she wanted to help Ruth defend her title in her senior year. She also said she knew the I-Ridge team would be tough.

"They're a great team and two really good players," she said. "We knew it was going to be a good match."

On the boys side, Nighthawks brothers Alec and Cody Petford won their first Division II doubles championship. The awkward part is who they beat: teammates Josh Taylor and Conor Spiegel 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the final.

"It's weird, but we were glad to play our teammates," Alec Petford said. "We practice and play together so we all knew each others' game."

Brandon Anhalt and Jason Keatseangslip from Foothills placed third after losing to the Petford brothers in the semifinals.

The only Division I action came on the girls side in doubles. Salpointe Catholic's Maeve McGeorge and Claire Baxter finished third after a 7-5, 7-5 loss earlier in the day.

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