Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Smith said Mangani has a reputation for playing long, marathon matches, which makes her record more impressive. He said her timid personality disappears on the court.
“She believes she owns the match and she’s not letting you take it,” Smith said. “She’s tenacious and persistent, and when she needs to be she’s aggressive.
“You won’t see that socially — she’s the nicest kid. But I wouldn’t advise you to get on the tennis court with her.”
And after what they’ve been through, it’s no surprise Mangani’s parents are her biggest fans.
“They’re at almost every match,” Smith said. “She has a rooting section every time.”
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