Broosova eager for championshipJan. 20, 2010
Jed Dean | Photo editor
Senior Lenka Broosova attacks the ball during Tuesday afternoon's practice at the Baylor Tennis Center. Broosova, who holds the Baylor record for wins in a season, is ranked No. 17 in the ITA preseason rankings.
By Daniel Cernero
All-American senior Lenka Broosova, who is currently ranked No. 17 in the nation, did not originally intend to play tennis at a collegiate level.
Broosova, whose hometown is Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, said she started playing tennis at the age of 10, which is actually quite old for tennis players.
While she would wind up coming to Baylor as a freshman in 2006, she said that her first thought was to play tennis professionally.
"I had heard from previous players that if pros don't work out, they go to college," Broosova said. "The idea of college tennis (in Slovakia) is way different then here.
It is way more serious than people (from Slovakia) think it is."
She said that it was her parents that turned her on to the idea that maybe she should get a degree, in addition to playing tennis. Baylor head coach Joey Scrivano was the one who clued Broosova in on how everything works in collegiate tennis. She said it helped that the two of them had similar personalities.
"I liked the stuff he told me about how they practiced, about the tradition they have here, the values, the hard work, and everything," Broosova said. "It was a better fit for me I guess. It's like the best decision of my life."
The transition to college life proved to be challenging, as it was a big change from what Broosova had been accustomed to.
"At first it was hard, because back home I was more focused on tennis," Broosova said. "I was home-schooled and I wasn't going to school every day. But here you have to go to class every day, and you have practice."
She stressed that time management was key to her finding the right balance between tennis and school. Since joining the team, Scrivano said that he's been impressed by Broosova's leadership capabilities.
"Lenka's had those leadership qualities from day one. I think the difference is now she has a lot more experience to back it up," he said. "She's proven herself and earned the respect of all the players."
Baylor junior Taylor Ormond said Broosova has been a great source of leadership for the team, especially for herself.
"(Broosova) really looks to push people to do their best," Ormond said. "She sets a great example, because on the court she's so focused. And the freshmen, anyone, can look at her and try to emulate how she's acting on the court."
Broosova has already established herself as one of the premier Baylor players of all time, currently holding the Baylor record for most wins in a single season, after going 52-4 during the 2008 season as a sophomore.
After making it to the semifinals of the ITA Indoor National Championships in the fall, Broosova said she looks to take that one step further by winning it all in the spring.
"What I really want to do this year is just do everything that I can," Broosova said. "Because if you don't put in 100 percent, then you can't be blaming it on something else."
She added, "I know that hard work is going to be rewarded, regardless. It's my last year and I'm a senior, so I'm just going to work like crazy."