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Willmar's Yu, D-B doubles team open state tennis tourneys Thursday

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar's No. 1 Xiaodan Yu was born in China, started school in Oklahoma and Kansas, attended high school in Oregon and moved to Willmar with her family a year ago.

Willmar senior Xiaodan Yu (19-4) opens her quest for Class AA tennis honors at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Baseline Tennis Center of the campus of the University of Minnesota.

The Section 8AA champion will meet Edina senior Caroline Ward, who reached the consolation final in 2010.

The quarterfinal round follows at noon Thursday and the finals two rounds on Friday.

Ott, Thompson of LQPV/DB prepare for Class A doubles

Senior Patricia Ott and junior Kelle Thompson will represent Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd in Class A doubles Thursday held at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

They will play Ellie Rudd/Maddy Hall of The Blake School at 10 a.m. in the first round.