Young Jemima to be the next Stosur
JEMIMA Fraser’s aim to be the next Sam Stosur is well on track - the pint-sized tennis champ is set to represent Darling Downs as the top seed at the Queensland trials to select a team to compete in the prestigious Bruce Cup.
The Bruce Cup will bring together the best players in Australia during October.
This is the first time 11-year-old Jemima has been selected to represent the Darling Downs team and she is confident she will be able to match it with the best at the Queensland trials at the start of August.
She hopes to follow in the footsteps of idol Sam Stosur who, on Wednesday night, moved one step closer to becoming the first Australian woman since Margaret Court in 1973 to win the French Open when she beat world number one Serena Williams in a thrilling three-set clash.
Jemima’s win in the Darling Downs primary schools selections tournament on May 23 and 24 was not as close as Stosur’s on Wednesday night – she despatched her opponent in the final 8-3.
Competitors played one set at the Darling Downs schools final and Jemima had to contest seven matches to make it to the penultimate clash.
However making it to this level has been no walk in the park for Jemima – she plays regularly in tournaments from the Gold Coast up to Rockhampton and even down to Coffs Harbour and trains up to five days a week in Brisbane and Warwick.
When asked if she ever tired of playing tennis, the answer was a definite “no”.
She was just as sure about her negative reply when asked whether she was nervous about playing in the Queensland trials, or before any match for that matter.
Jemima has a special weapon many of her competitors at these tournaments don’t - a dad (Warwick and District Tennis Association president Matt Fraser) who helps her refine her craft.
The other trick she has up her sleeve, like hero Stosur, is a kick serve and cracking forehand, her favourite shots.
It is unusual for such a young player to have a kick serve, which spins the opposite way to a slice serve, making it hard to play.
It is one of Stosur’s signature plays.
As a warm-up to her trial for the Bruce Cup, Jemima will compete at a tournament next weekend on the Gold Coast, where she has previously won a major doubles title.
She will compete at the Queensland trials for the Bruce Cup from August 5-8.