Katie Swan's tennis career seems to be on its way up.
Swan has returned to Wichita after capturing her first match victory at a major tennis tournament last Monday at Wimbledon. She beat Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu 6-2, 6-2. She said it was something she won't forget.
"It was probably the best moment of my career so far," Swan said.
She lost in the second round to another Romanian, Mihaela Buzarnescu, 6-0, 6-3, which ended her tournament, but there were a lot of positives to take away, Swan said. With the win, she will be ranked among the top 200 women's singles players in the world. It was her first win against a player in the top 100, and she will carry that momentum wherever she goes next.
Swan, 19, was born in Britain and moved to Wichita in 2013. She said coming home is always fun, though her tennis career has carried her across the world.
"I'm all over the place," she said. "I'm never really in Wichita either. I haven't been back to Wichita for four months. The lifestyle is definitely all over the place, but I am doing what I love, so I can't really complain."
This was her fifth time playing at Wimbledon's grass courts and her second in the women's draw. She made her first appearance in 2016 but was bounced in the first round 6-2, 6-3. She said she probably wasn't ready for the moment.
She said that loss helped her deal with the pressure this year.
"I was still pretty nervous coming in," she said. "I was playing at Wimbledon, and that's my favorite tournament, and I was playing in front of my family and friends, and I just wanted to do well so much.
"But I had done all the work the week before, so I did feel good."
Swan entered the first-round match as the No. 204 player in the world. Begu was No. 36. She said it was hard not to let the stage get to her, but drowning it out was the key.
"I was shaking, literally," she said. "But I had been on the court. I had done it before, and I think I showed myself in the past few weeks that I was ready for it. ... My coach looked at me and said, 'I know you can do it.'"