Natasha names her ambitions
IF you think Natasha Lystrup Camer-Pesci’s surname is difficult, try returning her serve.
Since winning her first tennis tournament at the age of seven, Natasha has blazed a trail across courts all over WA and Australia.
She has represented her state for three years and last December finished 11th at the National Championships in Melbourne, losing only to the eventual winner of the tournament and number one seed 6-3 64.
At the end of May, Natasha finished runner-up in the qualification consolation final for the WA Open – an adults tournament – despite the fact she is only 14.
“I’ve been playing tennis for about seven years now,” she said.
“I saw my older brothers playing and at the time I was in dance, but didn’t really enjoy it and thought tennis looked like a lot more fun.”
A gifted striker of the ball, Natasha is now concentrating on improving her conditioning and match tactics with the help of coach Chris Moore.
“Natasha can hit the ball as well as Serena Williams but we have to get her to the same level in terms of movement; that is the key step to making it onto the pro circuit,” Moore said.
“I really want to make it on to the pro circuit and travel around to play all the big tournaments,” Natasha, a Willetton Senior High School student, said.