Josephine and Katherine Cao did the Williams sisters one better.
Josephine, from Shawnee Mission West, won the Kansas 6A state singles tennis championship, but the path to a state championship didn’t just include her sister. It included her twin sister.
Neither Josephine or Caroline was looking forward to the matchup, and their mother wasn’t, either.
“It’s very tough,” Trinh Cao told the Kansas City Star. “They’ve played each other a lot. I’ll just sit there and enjoy it … and not cheer for anyone.”
The sisters, who a state title last year as a doubles team, were diplomatic when asked by The Star:
Josephine: “She’s playing really well, so I know it’ll be a difficult challenge. I’m OK if I lose to her. My sophomore year, I got sixth (at state) and lost to my sister. As long as I place better than I did then, I’m happy.”
Katherine: “I do not like playing her at all. It’s real competitive. I’m expecting a close match.”
The result was not what Katherine was expecting: A 6-1, 6-3 victory for Josephine, a Memphis commit who played in the U.S. Open junior qualifying event last summer in double. She then beat Sarah Wilcox of Shawnee Mission East 6-3, 6-0 for her first state singles crown.