I saw Angie play a few years ago when she was competing in a junior event that she actually won. WHen I saw her play, however, I didn't think she was as good as other local players like Lindsay Nelson and Tracy Lin.
But after following some of her results this year, I can see that her hard work is definitely paying off. Hard work makes you a better tennis player and she must be playing well if she can beat some of the women she has beaten so far.
Now folks, please don't tout her as the next big thing quite yet. But don't dismiss her chances as a pro either. The talent is there.
``I feel I am a great player. I think I can win this tournament,'' said Haynes, a Compton resident who once trained with Venus and Serena Williams. ``This is good experience for me. I know I can hang with these girls. This win shows me where my game is at right now.''
Haynes, who began the season ranked No. 857, played 16 USTA Challengers -- winning one -- before entering the Bank of the West qualifying tournament.
Haynes, who just graduated from City of Angels High School, hopes to break into the top 100 by the end of the summer.