Rider’s Axelle Jacquemin mentally prepared for state tennis tournament

Axelle Jacquemin was on the brink of seeing her hopes of returning to the state tennis tournament dissipate.

The Rider senior trailed 3-0 in her semifinal match at the Region I-5A Tournament in Lubbock. A loss meant her only chance of advancing was through a possible playback, and there wasn’t a guarantee one would be warranted.

But an issue that probably annoys most players allowed Jacquemin a moment to regroup.

“I broke a string when I went down 3-0,” Jacquemin recalled. “I said to myself, ‘New racket, new me.’ I was able to reset. “

Jacquemin rallied to beat Abilene Wylie’s Kate Delgado, 7-5, in the final set, advancing to the finals. She faced more adversity against Amarillo High’s Eleanor Archer, dropping the first set, 6-2.

After what happened in the semifinals, Jacquemin didn’t panic and won the next two sets, claiming the Region I-5A girls singles title and advancing to state for the second straight season.

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