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High School Athlete of the Week - Anna Stankova

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Dickinson High junior Anna Stankova rips a backhand shot during a singles match against Minot on Thursday, May 2, from the Dickinson High tennis courts. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)3 / 6
Dickinson High junior Anna Stankova hits a two-handed cross-court shot during a singles match against Williston on Tuesday, April 16, at the Dickinson High tennis courts. Patrick Bernadeau / The Dickinson Press4 / 6
Dickinson High junior Anna Stankova hits a two-handed return during a singles match against Bismarck Legacy on Thursday, April 25, from the Dickinson High tennis courts. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)5 / 6
Dickinson High junior Anna Stankova hits an overhand shot during a singles match against Minot on Thursday, May 2, from the Dickinson High tennis courts. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)6 / 6

Anna Stankova, a junior on the Dickinson High girls tennis team, helped the Midgets capture a 7-2 victory on the road against Jamestown on Thursday, May 9. The next day, Dickinson won non-conference matches against Valley City, Fargo South and Wahpeton by a combined margin of 14-1. Within that stretch, Stankova dropped a total of nine games in four singles victories. She also teamed with senior Alexa Cofer to a win in doubles competition. Stankova is a foreign exchange student from the Czech Republic. Originally scheduled to return to her country prior to the state tournament, she has extended her stay to compete at state.

DP: What have been your keys to success this season?

AS: "My keys to success this season, I don't know. Like practice, a lot of practice, probably. And improving my backhand."

DP: What are your goals for the rest of the season?

AS: "My goals for the rest of the season is to get the best placement as I can at WDA and get to state because I already changed the ticket, so I need to get to state."

DP: When did you start playing tennis and what do you most like about it?

AS: "I first started playing when I was five or six and I love, I don't know, it's just part of my childhood. My whole family does it and also my American family does it. I don't know, it's just fun and I have a lot of friends in tennis."

DP: Who is your favorite athlete to watch?

AS: "I'm bad at this (laughs). I like playing, you know, but I just don't like watching sports."

DP: What is the one thing you could eat for the rest of your life?

AS: "If I could eat one thing, it would be, probably, sushi. I love sushi, there are a lot of kinds, so you are never (tired) of sushi. I don't know, I love sushi (laughs)."

DP: Snapchat or Instagram?

AS: "Instagram."

DP: Are you a good dancer or a bad dancer?

AS: "The worst dancer ever."

DP: Coca-Cola or Pepsi?

AS: "Coca-Cola."

DP: Tennis or any other sport?

AS: "Tennis."

DP: What is your first tennis memory?

AS: "I remember when I was five, the first time I met my coach, and we were in tennis camp, and I know I cried because I was so alone without my parents. So he was like, calming me down, and he helped me a lot. So that's probably my first memory."

DP: Who are your biggest inspirations to succeed?

AS: "Probably my parents, my parents are my biggest inspiration, and my boyfriend. He's my inspiration too, because he supports me a lot."

Patrick Bernadeau

Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at pbernadeau@thedickinsonpress.com. Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCPalm.com) in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.

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