TALKING WITH... KRISTEN SCHLUKEBIR
September, 2002 continued

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Q: Maybe you and Tanner can end up in college together.
A: "No. She just turned pro yesterday, but she's going to keep the money in the bank and wait and see what happens."

Q: Do you ever play with your sister (Karie Schlukebir, currently at the University of Indiana)?
A: "We played together in Rockford, Illinois and we won that tournament. It was a 25 ($25,000 USTA Circuit event). Then I played with her again this year in Lexington, but we lost first round to a good team.

Q: I don't get to see a lot of Pro results! How did you do in singles this year?
A: "I got to the semis of a 25."

Kristen's experience in the women's events at the US Open was disappointing. She lost in the first round of Qualifying singles to Bahia Mouhtassine, 7-5,6-4. She and Tanner lost in doubles to No. 3 seeds Cara Black and Elena Likhoutseva, 6-4,6-3. In junior singles, however, Kristen made it through to the quarterfinals where she lost to Jarmila Gajdosova, 3-6,6-4,6-2. In doubles they lost in the second round to fellow Americans Jessica Kirkland and Alexandra Mueller, 1-6,6-2,7-6(2).

I sat down with Kristen once more for a few minutes at the end of the tournament.

Q: Have your results here changed anything?
A: "Like turning pro? No. Not yet"

Q: Are you planning on playing any more junior events?
A: "I might play Orange Bowl."

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