Georgia Zupp, from Toowoomba, plays a forehand slice during her match against Ashley Tucker in the Solinco Series in Warwick on Saturday.
Georgia Zupp, from Toowoomba, plays a forehand slice during her match against Ashley Tucker in the Solinco Series in Warwick on Saturday. Michael Cormack

Top juniors take court

TENNIS: About 70 players from all over south-east Queensland converged on Warwick at the weekend for the annual Solinco Series Warwick Credit Union Southern Downs Junior Tennis Championships.

Players came from as far as Bundaberg to compete in the tournament, the 10th Solinco Series tournament of the year.

Tournament director Blake Taylor said it was a weekend of quality tennis.

"There are some decent players from a lot of places around south-east Queensland," Taylor said.

"We've got players from Bundaberg, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba and some locals from Warwick.

"Players will be competing for white Australian rankings points here."

One of the players was Georgia Zupp from Toowoomba, who models her game on Belarusian star Victoria Azarenka.

"She's really good; I aspire to be as good as her," Zupp said.

"I always try to emulate the way she plays."

Zupp, who competed in 14 and under, said she believed her serve was her strength.

"I would say I serve pretty well," she said.

"I aced a few serves, which was pretty good.

"It's always a handy advantage to have a good serve."

Ameliija Swaffer-Selff hits a backhand against Cassidy Mataia.
Ameliija Swaffer-Selff hits a backhand against Cassidy Mataia.

 

Zupp said she enjoyed various aspects of tennis, but does not have any goals at this stage.

"I enjoy everything about the game," Zupp said.

"I just really enjoy the sport on and off the court.

"I'm just playing for fun at the moment and seeing how I go.

"I don't really know where I want to go with it."

In the boys, 10-year-old Billy Bougoure travelled from Noosa to take part.

"I lost my first-round match but won my second-round match and quarter final match," Bougoure said.

"I was pretty happy with the way I played because I went for my shots and they came off."

Bougoure said he looks up to one of the best shot players of all time.

"My idol is Roger Federer," he said.

"He goes for his shots and he makes them a lot of the time.

"He hits a lot of good shots."

Like Federer though, Bougoure's serve is also a threat.

"I think my serve is one of my strengths," Bougoure said.

"I hit one ace but I get my serves in consistently."

Like Zupp, Bougoure said he played tennis for the enjoyment.

Billy Bougoure from Noosa plays a backhand shot against Jordan Horner.
Billy Bougoure from Noosa plays a backhand shot against Jordan Horner.

 

Winners

16 and under: Lawson Chalmers

14 and under: Jayden Court, Georgia Christie

12 and under: Tyler Gilbert, Sophie Idzikowski

10 and under: Dayna Whiteley-Hall

Doubles 10 and under: Samuel Eivers and Cooper Mataia

Doubles 12 and under: James Blumke and Tyler Gilbert, Katie Creighton and Cassidy Mataia

Doubles 14 and under: Jayden Court and Bogdan Lujic, Georgia Christie and Samantha Fraser



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