The Camarillo High senior probably solidified that distinction by winning the Boys 18 singles at the Costa Mesa Intercollegiate Classic the last week of December.
Karen’s 2012 season, by late June, had yielded modest result at best. Then came victories at USTA tournaments at Ventura and Torrance, both in Boys 18s. A few weeks later Karen more than held his own in capturing two doubles tournaments on the ITA Summer Circuit.
“I am definitely a lot better than I was last year at this time,” Karen said. “I am pleased with my serve. In my last couple of tournaments my serve has been messing people up.”