Sewickley Academy athlete of the week: Christina Walton

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 2:23 PM

Christina Walton

School: Sewickley Academy

Sport: Tennis

Class: Junior

Christina Walton has played in three consecutive Section 4-AA singles championship matches and won twice, most recently last week.

She hopes her next title will be won this week at the WPIAL championships.

Who has had the greatest influence on you in tennis?

I would say my mom. She used to take lessons, and I would go with her and watch until I started taking lessons, too. I was probably 8 years old when I started taking lessons, and that’s how I got into tennis.

How would you describe your playing style?

I like to play strong and consistent, letting the other player make the mistakes, but I’m more aggressive when I get opportunities to end a point or get on offense.

How does it feel to win the section singles championship after finishing second in 2018?

I’m really happy about it, and I’m happy it was a good match. I feel I’ve been playing pretty well lately, and it boosted my confidence.

You’ve been in the section title match three consecutive years against teammates. How do you go from friendly competition in practice to winner-takes-all and back to friends again?

I try to stay friendly against everyone I’m playing. During the match I try not to think about it. I just try to play my game and take it one point at a time without thinking about who my opponent is.

What would it mean to you to win the WPIAL singles championship?

It would really mean a lot, because I haven’t gotten too far in the last two years.

If you could play tennis, with anyone, who would it be?

Alexander Zverev, because he’s my favorite tennis player, so I think that would be really cool.