High school tennis prodigy excels in competition against the world's best


SAN ANTONIO - When you're 15 years old, your biggest concern is what -- turning 16 right?

Not when you're a tennis prodigy like Fiona Crawley. The 15-year-old sophomore from Alamo Heights recently won the silver medal at the prestigious Orange Bowl International Championships, the biggest tournament in the world for youth amateurs.

She went into the tournament unseeded, faced the best the world could offer and passed with flying colors.

By finishing second, she went from a Texas legend to a rising star on the international stage.

"I can’t believe it," Crawley said. "It’s crazy. I never thought I would make it that or far or be that good.”

Tournament tennis is nothing new for Crawley. She's been ranked as the No. 1 player for her age in Texas since she was 10.

But the Orange Bowl gave her valuable experience because she got to test her skills against the very best in the world.

“I played one girl from Slovakia in the quarterfinals and it was pretty crazy because she would get frustrated and everytime she screamed or yelled it was in a different language," Crawley said. "It was so cool to hear her speak in that other langue. It was fun."

College tennis is in Crawley's plans, perhaps a professional career after that.

Just remember the name -- Fiona Crawley. Something tells me this won't be the last time you hear it when it comes to tennis.

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