Soon after winning the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) singles championship, Hewlett’s Rachel Arbitman continued her excellent run of form this fall season by capturing a significant title in the world of junior tennis.
After winning the state title, second-seeded Rachel Arbitman cruised through the competition at the USTA National Indoor Championships on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, winning all seven matches in the draw in straight sets, including a 6-4, 6-0 victory over sixth-seed Katja Wiersholm in the finals.
“To be able to win states against strong opponents without even losing a set gave a lot of confidence,” said Arbitman. “I was able to carry this momentum to the National Indoors where I won the championship without losing a set as well.”
As the second-seed, Arbitman won six straight matches in straight sets including a 6-4, 6-0 triumph over sixth-seed Katja Wiersholm to win the title and the famous Gold Ball.
“Winning the Singles Gold Ball has been a dream of mine since I was very young,” Arbitman said. “Finally being able to accomplish that gives me a great feeling as I head towards this upcoming year.”
It was an excellent fall season for Arbitman, and it began with her torrid play during the high school season. She helped lead her Hewlett Bulldogs to the Nassau County Championship, and went on to the county and state title, and will be the favorite to defend her title in her junior season.