Maddington resident and St Norbert College student won the Western Australian Junior Tennis Open

Crystal Mildwaters (12) of Maddington with her trophy and in action. Pictures: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d427735
Crystal Mildwaters (12) of Maddington with her trophy and in action. Pictures: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d427735

SHE is only 12-years-old, but Queens Park student Crystal Mildwaters has hit above her weight to win the Western Australian Junior Open against girls two years older than her.

The St Norbert College student started playing tennis three years ago and is already Western Australia’s top seed for her age.

The Year 7 student said the competition at the Open was tough after defeating Monique Barry in the final, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.

‘It was so good,’ Crystal said.

‘I played on centre court and we had umpires and line umpires and it was really good to win the match because it took a lot of hard work.’ The Maddington resident trains six days a week at the Brixton Street Tennis Centre and then finds time to fit in homework.

‘I get a lot of support from family and I just try to keep playing every single day and working hard and when I get home I do all my homework,’ Crystal said.

Comparing her game to her favourite Polish player Agnieszka Radwanska, she said she attacked when she needed to and tried to run every ball down.

‘I love how I can just come back every single time and I can train really hard and I love winning matches,’ she said.

‘I also like to learn from the ones I lose.’

Crystal said her future definitely involved tennis and she hoped to become a professional tennis player.