Rolling Meadows senior women’s tennis star Hanna Haber reportedly struggled to avoid the sport as a child.
Haber explained that both of his parents are heavily involved in the sport. Her mom played Division I tennis at DePaul and her dad has been her coach “ever since I can walk,” she laughed. “It’s in my genes to play. I’ve always played. My earliest memories are on the tennis courts.”
And Haber has made a lot more hard-hitting memories over the years. Haber was the Mid-Suburban League finalist last fall in the No.1 singles, went 23-7 and would have qualified for the state singles tournament had there been one ( thanks to a second section place).
Now Haber is ready to go further.
“Hanna will set the tone for our team,” Mustangs coach Jim Gumz said of a player who has held the top spot in singles on the roster for her entire high school life.
“She is one of the best players in the region.”
After an excellent junior season, Haber has not rested on his laurels. She has performed in tournaments throughout the Midwest this summer, including a victory in her flight at an ITA event in western Michigan.
“I worked on my mental game and competed in different atmospheres,” Haber said. “The ITA events are different because it’s a college atmosphere with college players there. That’s why I did it this summer. It’s a new kind of pressure and it’s the kind of pressure that I can hopefully live this year. “
Haber takes pride in his accomplishments within the MSL, no walk in the park for someone facing the best conference has to offer on a daily basis.
“I played my friend Alina (Shyani, Fremd’s singles section champion last year in first year) at Fremd and my friend Peyton (Oda, 3 times state qualified and third in the MSL year last) in Elk Grove, ”she said. . “I play both quite often. Being able to finish second in the conference was a good thing.”
One thing that Haber has alluded to so far is playing in the IHSA State Singles Tournament. She didn’t qualify in first year, was injured in second year, and the pandemic shattered her luck last fall.
“I hope I get the chance to play State,” said Haber, who has been quite cultivating the babysitting profession in his spare time. “It’s been a struggle the last few years. I’m going to make the most of it. I have one more chance this year. This is my last chance to be on this high school team, represent my high school and leave a good legacy behind.
“I love the girls on this team – they’re some of my favorite people. We all want to have a really good season and make the most of it because we didn’t have a full season last year. seniors who are graduating who want to finish on a high note. I have been part of the squad with Megan Buchek for four years and had a lot of fun. Having a fun season is the goal. I want to make the most of it and have good memories with this team. “