Anna plays way above her stature
PORT’S pocket rocket tennis star, 10-year-old Anna Harding is firey on the courts, earning her a place in this years Peninsula School Sport team.
“I like beating people,” she said. “The girls I play against are 15 or 16 and I can beat them,” Anna said.
Anna said she loves tennis because it’s fun and challenging, she was a bit shy on the phone but she’s definitely not shy on the courts.
Anna’s mother Masha said she’s proud of her and what she has achieved so far.
“She plays pretty much everyday, except for weekends unless there’s competitions,
She’s wants to make it all the way one day,” she said.
Anna has played since she was five and her coaches say she was a natural from the beginning. “She’s tiny so her opponents underestimate her but she’s a very aggressive tennis player and she has really good placement of the ball,” said Ms Harding. Anna has been filling up ther trophy cabinet, she’s made State finals twice and last year she was the youngest runner up in division one as Port Douglas Tennis Club Champion.
Elite Tennis Coach, Alan Lane said Anna has fantastic technique and she’s a great middler of the ball.
“I have seen Anna time and time again manage to make all these split second decisions,” Mr Lane said.
“This makes her very, very consistent and a formidable opponent, I have seen Anna on many occasions defeat older and much bigger girls,
“Anna has that ability to be caught off balance and often late but on top top of the ability to hit the ball dead centre she also quickly calculates which speed of hit will be necessary to keep the ball in,” Mr Lane said.
Her ability to middle the ball and her precision mean she has the knack of making the other player have to play one more shot.
Off balance and as usual having to play a high bouncing ball, Anna Harding of Port Douglas still manages a strong return, putting pressure on her opponent