Rocky serves up feast of talent

ROCKHAMPTON has served up an outstanding level of tennis talent throughout the years, and this year was no different.

More than 350 competitors gathered at Rockhampton for the annual State Age Championships in September, and it was the local girls who shone through.

Locals Libby Tweed, Nikita Williams, Annie Donaldson, Corey Jacobs and Olivia Tjandramulia all took home at least one championship at the games.

And if the name Olivia Tjandramulia rings a bell, it is because she has made her way onto the Morning Bulletin's pages for numerous other championships, including the Rod Laver Queensland Junior Championships in 2007.

Tjandramulia won the Under 12 Girls Singles at the State Age Championships against 38 other competitors from around Australia.

She smashed through her final match against Townsville's Lizette Cabrera at a two set win of 6-4, 7-5.

Bevan Mulholland coach of the Rockhampton's Mulholland Tennis said the girls all competed extremely well.

“The atmosphere there was extremely competitive but we did really well,” he said.

Annie Donaldson also served up well on the day, claiming the Under 14 Girl's Doubles with Dayle Mitchell from Gladstone, the tight match ended with a super tie break.

Donaldson also made it through to the semi-finals in the Under 14 Singles, but lost her match against Jackie Bell from Townsville, who then went on to take the title.

With 2009 being Nikita Williams' last year in junior tennis, she has gone out with a big bang claiming all three titles in her division, taking both sets in the Singles at 6-4, 7-5.

Williams and Libby Tweed then battled to maintain authority in the Doubles at 6-3, 5-7, 10-7 in the super tie-break and then ending with a Mixed doubles again in a super-tie break at 6-2, 4-6, 10-4.

Mulholland said it has been hard for the older girls in senior to juggle their tennis training and school.

The Queensland Country Finals of the State Junior Masters is held next week in Gladstone.

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