Getting to know: Andover Central’s Megan Wong
Andover Central tennis
Wong, a senior, won a Class 4A singles regional title and will play in the 4A tournament Friday and Saturday at Topeka’s Kossover Center.
Was your 4A regional singles championship your best win?
“It’s difficult to say. My past three years I’ve been playing 5A. We’ve been a small 5A, teetering on the border. This year we got bumped down to 4A, so we ended up playing at Wellington instead of Ark City or Goddard.
“Last year I medaled 11th in 5A state. I think the competition was tougher in 5A. In 4A, of course, the competition is difficult, but I think I’d have to say for now, my regional win would come a little below what I medaled last year.”
Your parents are tennis players, did that play a part in you going out for tennis?
“They put me on the court one day, I was about 6. It wasn’t extensive training, but it was fun training. When I was 9, I started playing tournaments. I kept playing and moved on to higher tournaments.”
What do you enjoy most about tennis?
“I guess the obvious one would be winning. Everyone likes a good victory. Especially in singles. I’ve never been much of a doubles player. When you’re out there by yourself, it’s just you. Of course, there’s a negative part — it’s on you. You don’t have anyone to blame.”
Your life isn’t all tennis, though. You’ve spent significant time traveling to Indonesia, where you and your mother were born.
“My mom, my dad and my little brother all go to Indonesia every other year. (My mom’s) entire side of the family is there. We take little trips around Asia. It kind of cuts into the amount of time I practice for tennis season. I end up getting a rusty start, as opposed to other players who can really work on their game.
“I’m definitely glad I get to have an out-of-country experience.… It’s nice to see other things. I saw the Great Wall of China. It’s absolutely brilliant.”
You also play the piano and are readying yourself for regionals this winter. What do you like about playing?
“Classical pieces are a big thing. It’s different than popular music..… Popular music can be a beautiful piece, but it doesn’t help you move your fiingers better. Classical pieces involve your right and left hand doing intricate things. It makes your brain work in different ways, but simultaneously.
“It’s enjoyable to learn a piece. Even if I’m not at full speed, playing at the pace of a turtle, it doesn’t sound good at all. In the end, it is so completely worth it.”