Sister duo wins Australian Championships
Cherrybrook local Nicole Pinchbeck and Parramatta local Monique Wakefield have claimed their first national title at the 2018 Australian Tennis Seniors Championships.
Nicole aged 37 and Monique aged 35, beat Queensland’s Sakiko Ormes and Simona Fairclough in the final of the Australian 35 ladies doubles.
Played on the Gold Coast, the sisters won the final in the third set tiebreaker 6/3, 6/7, 10/6.
Nicole said it was a top quality match. “We’re thrilled with the result as Sakiko and Simona are great players.
“We came out firing in the first set and just missed out on winning the second set. They are a tough pair so we had to stay focused. “In the end I think it was our net play that got us over the line.
“Monique and I have been playing together for about 23 years so we know each other’s games inside out.”
Nicole said she has been working hard to achieve this goal. “In the lead up to the tournament, I’ve been working on my fitness and training in the heat to get used to the humid conditions.”
After a shoulder injury put Monique on the sidelines for four years, she decided to give tennis another shot and began hitting 18 months ago.
“My shoulder and elbow are still sore but it’s such a fun sport and I enjoy playing with my sister. “We combine really well as a doubles pair and encourage each other to go for our shots.
“It was a strong tournament so we’re proud and humbled to take home the title. What can I say – it’s a good start to the year!”
The Australian Tennis Seniors Championships are held in January every year for people aged 35 and over.
The Championships are part of the International Tennis Federation which is the governing body of world tennis and wheelchair tennis.
Monique Wakefield and Nicole Pinchbeck in Aust Championships 2018