International players victorious at South Perth tennis junior tournament

Girls u-10 singles finalist Naomi-Mariana Vakadranu (left) with winner Jasmine Walton.
Girls u-10 singles finalist Naomi-Mariana Vakadranu (left) with winner Jasmine Walton.

THERE was a distinct international touch at this year’s South Perth Tennis Club Junior Tournament.

Not only did four young tennis players from Korea take part in the annual tournament, one of the visitors – Onyu Choi – won the 14-and-under girls’ singles.

She also teamed with compatriot Nahyeong Cho to take out the girls’ doubles title.

They joined more than 100 budding locals aged 8 to 16 for the three-day tournament in the last week of school holidays.

Tournament director Lorraine Chyne said game watchers were impressed by the children’s great skill and sportsmanship at their early age.

“The children showed many of the skills that the Australian Open competitors use,” she said.

“Rallies were frequently long with lots of baseline topspin shots.”

Ms Chyne said the biggest difference for them this year was the good weather.

“Not too hot and compared to two of the past three years, no rain,” she said.

“I know that seems strange for January but the previous year we lost one and a half days of a three-day tournament.”

Results

10 and under

Boys Doubles – Marko Dimitrijevic and Nicholas Kordzik

Girls Doubles – Kristin Kirby-Smith and Naomi-Mariana Vakadranu

Boys Singles – Tyson Musca

Girls Singles – Jasmine Walton

12 and under

Boys Doubles – Archie Brown and Charlie Robinson

Boys Singles – Archie Brown

Girls Singles – Claudia Shearwood

14 and under

Boys Doubles – Joshua Blundell-Williams and Samuel English

Girls Doubles – Onyu Choi and Nahyeong Cho

Boys Singles – Joshua Blundell-Williams

Girls Singles – Onyu Choi

16 and under

Girls Doubles – Alfee Stevens and Alice Stevens

Boys Singles – Kent Yamazaki

Girls Singles – Yelena Kelleher