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NAME: Laurel Shymansky

SCHOOL: Fox Chapel Area High School

SPORT: Tennis

LAST WEEK: Laurel, a freshman, won the section singles title with a 6-3, 6-1 win over teammate and fellow freshman Lacey Cohen. She will be playing for the WPIAL singles championship this week.

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Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, 8:55 p.m.

Laurel Shymansky has been playing tennis since she was 8 years old.

While she has experienced plenty of success on the court, she turned in what might be her most memorable experience last week.

Only a freshman, Shymansky won the section singles title with a 6-3, 6-1 win over teammate and fellow freshman Lacey Cohen. She will be playing for the WPIAL singles championship this week.

She hopes to continue playing when she moves on to college.

Here's a closer look at Laurel:

Q: Who are your heroes?

A: My parents, my godmother and Maria Sharapova.

Q: Who's the most famous person you've ever met?

A: I got Novak Djokovic's autograph.

Q: What's your favorite things about Pittsburgh?

A: The Steelers, the Penguins and the great history of Pittsburgh.

Q: Is there a food you refuse to eat?

A: I don't like to eat fish.

Q: Who makes the best pizza in Pittsburgh?

A: I don't have a clue.

Q: What movie could you watch over and over?

A: “Forest Gump.”

Q: What's your favorite TV show?

A: “Dance Moms.”

Q: Name two people you'd love to have dinner with.

A: Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams.

Q: Who's your favorite athlete?

A: Maria Sharapova.

Q: Would you prefer going to a sporting event or a concert?

A: A sporting event.

Q: Who would be your dream date?

A: Andy Roddick.

Q: What song do you always catch yourself humming or singing?

A: There's a bunch of different ones.

Q: What would make up your all-time favorite meal?

A: Stuffed shells, pancakes and chocolate chip muffins.

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, aside from food and water, what three things would you have to have with you?

A: My family, my friends, my dog.

Q: People would be surprised to know that I…

A: ... Used to be a good swimmer but gave it up for tennis. I also ski and do wakeboarding.

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or

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