Junior tennis player Brittany Zipf won the 2013 Medibank Queensland Junior Development series state finals.
Junior tennis player Brittany Zipf won the 2013 Medibank Queensland Junior Development series state finals. Chris Ison

Rocky junior to test the best young tennis players

BRITTANY Zipf will need to harness every ounce of her fighting spirit when she tackles New South Wales' top young tennis players.

The Rockhampton junior tennis star heads off to the Sunshine Coast on November 16-17 to represent Queensland in the annual State of Origin series against New South Wales.

It will the third time Zipf has represented her state, after first securing a Queensland spot as a 12-year-old.

Zipf, Bundaberg's Brendon Schultz, Jayden Court of Eidsvold and Gladstone young gun Nathan Cooke earned the opportunity to don the maroon colours at the tournament after starring in Rockhampton last weekend.

The quartet, and four others, booked their spots after outstanding performances at the 2013 Medibank Queensland Junior Development Series state finals at the Rockhampton Regional Tennis Centre.

It will be Zipf's third time representing the Maroons, after winning an under-13 title, and back-to-back under-15 titles.

The Queenslanders will take on NSW in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

Zipf's work from the baseline helped her win the under-15 girls singles title last weekend, while Schultz defeated Court in the under-13 boys singles final.

"It's a bloody good achievement to win it," coach Robert Beak said.

"She's a tough, aggressive baseline player, who has been working on getting to the net more."

Cooke claimed his place in the Queensland team after finishing third in the under-15 boys singles division.

Beak said Zipf's ability to claw her way back into matches helped her reap the rewards on court.

"A lot of the time she takes a little while to get going and then ends up winning in three sets," Beak said.

"She starts off slow, but she's certainly a fighter."

The Central Region overall finished fourth.



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