Sis­ter duo wins Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships

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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

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