DOBBS FERRY — Dobbs Ferry High School senior Shawn Hadavi defeated the heat and his opponent in the championship match of the NYSPHSAA state singles tennis tournament at the USTA National Tennis Center Saturday in Flushing Meadows.
Hadavi topped fellow Westchester County player Taiyo Hamanaka of Eastchester High School 6-4, 7-5 to win the title on a humid day in Queens. "I just worked really hard and my coach (Eric Bartell) helped me a lot," Hadavi said. "I was really tired, but I was playing for my school and my coach." Hadavi said he had hope to win the area Section 1 (Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties) high school championship and have a chance at the state title. "The goal was just to win sectionals and everything else was a bonus," Hadavi said. Hadavi beat Justin Fields of Beacon High School 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 in the semifinals Saturday morning. Hamanaka defeated Zain Ali of Half Hollow Hills 6-3, 6-0 in the other semifinal.
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