State stars net na­tional ti­tles

Stirling Times - - Sport - Denise S. Cahill

JU­NIOR ten­nis play­ers Talia Gib­son and Derek Pham, who play for North Beach and Cottesloe ten­nis clubs re­spec­tively, won the 14-and-un­der Aus­tralian cham­pi­onship sin­gles ti­tles at the 2018 De­cem­ber Show­down at Mel­bourne Park.

Pham also won the 14and-un­der boys dou­bles event with part­ner Ed­ward Win­ter from South Aus­tralia, while Dalkeith Ten­nis Club player Tris­tan School-kate won the 18-an­dun­der Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onship Dou­bles ti­tle with part­ner Dane Sweeney.

Ear­lier this year, Gib­son said her goal was to win the De­cem­ber Show­down.

“I lost the semi-fi­nal in Ade­laide at the Aus­tralian Grass­court Na­tion­als, so I made it my goal to win the fi­nal Na­tional Cham­pi­onship ti­tle at the De­cem­ber Show­down,” she said.

Gib­son, whose Aus­tralian rank­ing has risen to 216, at­trib­uted the win to her com­po­sure on court.

“When you learn to man­age your emo­tions, you play bet­ter ten­nis,” she said.

Pham said he’d been a more pro­fes­sional com­peti­tor in the cham­pi­onships.

“I’ve taken things a lot more se­ri­ously,” he said.

Talia Gib­son and Derek Pham with their re­spec­tive Aus­tralian 14-and-un­der Aus­tralian cham­pi­onship tro­phies.

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