They sat quietly subsequent to one another within the backseat a 12 months in the past, using to the City Part women’ tennis particular person finals, an ungainly rigidity all of a sudden separating sisters.
Johanna and Julianna Galindo didn’t discuss to one another at breakfast that morning both, silently consuming bagels and eggs. Later that day, they’d be watching one another on reverse sides of the web, two Marshall High stars enjoying for a singles championship.
“We just tried our best,” Johanna stated, “to pretend like we didn’t know each other.”
Unimaginable. They grew up sleeping in single beds in the identical room. In order that they wakened subsequent to one another the morning of that 2021 championship — and, improbably, awoke simply the identical a 12 months later final Wednesday to play one another once more on this 12 months’s singles finals.
“In the beginning of the CIF, we weren’t really thinking about playing each other that much,” junior Johanna stated. “Once we were in the finals, it was just like, ‘Woah.’”
The automobile trip to the finals was barely much less awkward this 12 months, the good thing about expertise lessening the Galindo sisters’ rigidity. Their mom, Pleasure, stated they had been telling one another, “I’m gonna beat you.”
For the second consecutive 12 months, Johanna emerged victorious, claiming the title with a 6-3, 6-3 win after profitable 6-4, 6-4 in 2021. Because the sisters giggled whereas discussing the expertise, although, it was clear — no exhausting emotions. No awkward Thanksgiving dinners.
“I wasn’t really disappointed,” Julianna stated. “… I know I put all my effort in and I worked really hard for each point and game. But Hanna just did insanely well.”
Their legacy may lengthen previous Marshall, as each are broadly labeled as four-star tennis recruiting prospects. Julianna went into this summer season ranked twenty second within the USTA women’ 16U Southern California match standings, whereas Johanna ranked forty first in 18U.
The Marshall High sisters get frequent feedback, Johanna stated, that they’re the subsequent Serena and Venus Williams. And so they’ve already determined: Julianna, the extra level-headed of the 2, is Venus, whereas Johanna’s aggressive model is extra just like Serena’s.
And sure, they’re extraordinarily shut, however additionally they have a seismic distinction in attitudes.
“Julianna’s a little bit too calm for me,” Johanna stated.
It’s made them an terrible match as doubles companions regardless of their collective expertise. Of their final match enjoying collectively, 5 months in the past, Johanna bought livid with Julianna each time the youthful sister missed some extent. No matter she’d say, although, the 2 laughing on the reminiscence, it wasn’t something too private.
And Julianna tried to make use of Johanna’s fireplace in opposition to her final Wednesday, figuring out her older sister hated shedding a single level.
“I try to get her really mad, and run for every ball,” Julianna stated.
But Johanna, in flip, knew leaning into her anger wouldn’t work in opposition to her sister, attempting to maintain cool and clear her head. After Julianna took a 3-2 lead within the first set, Johanna got here again to win 6-3, retaining her foot on the gasoline to take the second set and the singles crown.
The 2 have lofty objectives, each hoping to play at NCAA Division I colleges on the West Coast, inviting the likelihood they may face one another once more on the faculty degree. However for now, not less than, Julianna’s highschool intention is easy.
“Once my sister leaves high school and graduates,” Julianna stated whereas laughing, “I hope I can finally win CIF individuals.”