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HILLING­DON’s Danielle Da­ley will com­pete against the best U16s ten­nis play­ers in the coun­try.

Da­ley will step up to Grade 1 Na­tion­als af­ter tri­umph at Grade 2 last month.

She won 11 matches, in­clud­ing pre-qual­i­fy­ing, qual­i­fy­ing and the main draw at Grade 2 with­out drop­ping a set.

Af­ter the tour­na­ment Da­ley said: “This has been the big­gest win of my ten­nis ca­reer due to the fact this was only my third time com­pet­ing at na­tional level. It was in the girls’ 16s and I don’t move to that age group un­til April.”

The 14-year-old’s vic­to­ries have given her a spring­board for suc­cess and she has set her hopes high.

The star­let added: “My goal is to be a pro­fes­sional. I want to be a pro­fes­sional and make it onto the WTA Tour. But be­fore that, I need to fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing my game.”

Proud mum Jen­nifer Da­ley was full of praise, adding:“This is usu­ally the time girls start to fall away from com­pet­i­tive sports but now Danielle has given her­self a spring­board to per­form at a higher level – na­tion­ally, she is in the top 10. I hope this is just the be­gin­ning for her.”

AIM­ING HIGH: Hilling­don ten­nis star­let Danielle Da­ley

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