Talia an ace

Talia Gibson on the court. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d415926
Talia Gibson on the court. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d415926

The nine-year-old’s prowess with the racquet has blossomed after her work at the Beckenham centre and with junior development squads at Burswood’s State Tennis Centre.

She was the youngest player selected to represent WA during the Super 10s in Melbourne.

The tournament featured the best tennis players under the age of 10 in Australia and was played on hard and clay courts.

The Booragoon Primary School student helped fifth-seeded WA claim second place after being part of five undefeated doubles matches.

Lee Gibson said her daughter started playing tennis at an early age.

‘She made extraordinary progress and is one of only two players from WA to have an Australian ranking at age eight,’ she said.

Mrs Gibson said Talia was determined to hone her game.

‘Her coach John Roberts from Brixton Street says that one of Talia’s strengths is her very powerful ground strokes for such a young player,’ she said.

‘Talia’s aim is to continue to work hard to achieve her goal of being a pro tennis player like her favourite player Ana Ivanovic.’