Williams puts mark on state titles
TEENAGE tennis ace Nikita Williams will be sorry to see the Victoria Courts tennis courts revamped.
The youngster obviously loves playing on her home court as she gained a good measure of success with her final matches on the old courts, now being replaced, being ones to remember.
Playing in the girls under-18 section of the Head State Age Championships, held at Rockhampton last week and supported locally by the Tropical Auto Group, Williams not only won the singles, but also the doubles and the mixed doubles.
Organiser for the event, Ken Hick, said the championship attracted approximately 330 competitors playing about 1400 matches.
That is a lot of tennis.
Williams's record could hardly have been bettered.
In the singles she overpowered Kellie Priddey from Cairns 6-3, 6-3.
It was not to be a happy championship for the Cairns player as she was also Williams's opponent in both the doubles and mixed doubles.
In the doubles Williams teamed up with Libby Tweed to beat Priddey and her sister Ashlee in a nail-biting final 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.
It was easier in the Mixed Doubles final where Williams and Bundaberg's Jake Alchin were victorious against Priddey and David Single.
Williams was not the only Rockhampton success story at the event.
There was also a nice double for the Tjandramulia family.
In the 12 years and under girls section, Olivia Tjandramulia proved once more that she is a talented player with great potential when downing Townsville's Lizette Cabrera 6-4, 7-5 in the final.
Younger sister Hillary also had a final win when she teamed up with Rockhampton's Lucy Brown to win the 10 years and under girls doubles.
Brown had an excellent week as she was also a finalist in the singles.
There's no surprise when the name of Cory Jacobs appears on the winners list.
Jacobs cruised to the under-16 boys singles title beating Harry Bell 6-1, 7-5 and then teamed up with Bell to take the doubles title, also in straight sets.
In the 10 years and under boys doubles Nicholas Kirkpatrick and Thomas Braithwaite made the final but lost, while in the under-12 year's Mixed Doubles Zac Kirkpatrick also made a final when teamed with Amy Nicholls for the Mixed Doubles.
Annie Donaldson was a winner in the 14 and under girls doubles with her partner Dayle Mitchell.
- Queensland retained the Bruce Cup for the third year and in no little way it was due to players from Central Queensland.
From Rockhampton Mitchell Harper and Olivia Tjandramulia were a part of the victorious team, while Bundaberg's Isabella Spring also wore the Queensland badge.
- In the Tennis Queensland Secondary School's Teams Tennis Competition played at Victoria Park prior to the start of the Head Queensland State Age Championships, the boys team, from Rockhampton Grammar School, of Jake and Reegan Brown and Kelly and Josh Bell became the Queensland Country Champion for 2009.
- Rockhampton was also represented at the Bundaberg Open Age Championships with success.
Cory Jacobs made it a double by also winning the singles at Bundaberg.
Nikita Williams again met Kellie Priddey in the under-18 girls singles final, but this time suffered defeat.
Annie Donaldson and partner Dayle Mitchell were again beaten finalists in the girls' doubles.