HOCKING young gun Taylah Preston returned home victorious after winning two titles at the Australian Tennis Championships in Melbourne.
As the number one ranked player for the 2005 birth year, Preston was the top seed for the championship event before going on to win both the under-14 girls singles and doubles trophies.
True to form, the rising star dominated the event, dropping just one set against WA compatriot and doubles partner Jessie Culley, of Cottesloe, who challenged Preston for the win.
Despite Culley’s best efforts, Preston was too strong, claiming the title in three sets 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3.
Joining forces for the doubles title, Preston and Culley held on tight for the win in a 5-7, 7-5(10-8) second set tie-break against Lily Fairclough, of Winthrop, and Queensland’s Sydney Stone.
The title for Preston comes off the back of a sensational year of tennis with the talented youngster laying claim to her maiden ITF junior singles title at the South Australian Junior International event.
Preston also represented Australia at the World Junior Tennis competition and was invited to compete as Australia’s under-14 athlete at the WTA Future Stars tournament in Shenzhen, China.
Tennis West national academy manager Tom George said Preston had proven herself to be a formidable competitor whose success is well contributed to the great team she has around her.
“Taylah has had a sensational 2019. She works incredibly hard on and off court and is achieving great results with her coach Brad Dyer,” he said.
“Winning her maiden ITF Singles titles in Adelaide in addition to being one of only two athletes in Australia invited to compete at the WTA Future Stars event in China says a lot about Taylah’s position as a leading junior player.
“Her win in both the singles and doubles events at this December Showdown are a testament to her hard work and dedication. We’re incredibly proud of all of her achievements.”
Preston’s claim of both the under-14 singles and doubles titles contributed to the outstanding performance of WA’s juniors at the Australian Championships with an unprecedented eight of the 16 titles returning home to WA and an additional four athletes finishing as runners-up.