Name: Ananya Dua
School: Shady Side Academy
Background: Dua completed a terrific junior campaign by winning the PIAA Class AAA state championship Saturday. She didn’t lose a set in her four state tournament matches and finished with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against North Allegheny’s Anna Li in the championship match. Dua beat Li three times this season, although Li did give Dua her only loss of the season in a non-section match. Dua also the Section 3-AAA and WPIAL singles championships and helped Shady Side Academy finish second to North Allegheny in the PIAA Class AAA team championships. As a sophomore, Dua finished second in the section singles tournament and lost in the WPIAL Class AAA singles tournament quarterfinals.
Shady Side Academy coach Jeff Miller: ““I think she improved in all aspects [from her sophomore season]. Her ground strokes are unbelievable – no one hits the ball like her.”