Natasha names her am­bi­tions

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Natasha Camer-Pesci.

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