Teen ace dares to dream of grand slam suc­cess

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MADDINGTON’S Crys­tal Mild­wa­ters is con­tin­u­ing to do big things in ten­nis at just 15.

She took out the 28th An­drada Cup in the un­der­16s and 18s di­vi­sions last month, as well as the Philip­pine Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in Manila.

Mild­wa­ters, who has al­ready re­ceived spon­sor­ship from Head for rac­quets and bags, claimed the Aus­tralian Un­der-14 Girls Na­tional Grass­court Cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide in April last year.

She is putting all her en­ergy into ten­nis and has en­rolled in dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion to help her work to­wards her goal of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional player.

The teenager said she en­joyed play­ing ten­nis all the time.

“I do my work at home and then come here and plays ten­nis,” she said.

Mild­wa­ters has been train­ing with John and Tate Roberts, from Brix­ton Ten­nis, who train at Me­mo­rial Park ten­nis courts in Martin, since the age of nine.

She said the key to her suc­cess was a lot of train­ing.

“I come to train­ing ev­ery day and work with Tate,” she said.

“I’m pretty good men­tally.”

She said it was her dream to join the pro­fes­sional cir­cuit and play in a grand slam.

To achieve this, she must play more pro tour events and de­feat pro play­ers.

Her coach said Mild­wa­ters had been a good stu­dent from the be­gin­ning.

“She al­ways lis­tened to in­struc­tions and ap­plied them very well and did con­sis­tent train­ing,” he said.

“We’ll need a five-to-seven-year plan to get to that level of play­ing a grand slam.”

Crys­tal Mild­wa­ters aims to play ten­nis pro­fes­sion­ally.

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