WA teen to come out swinging
By Paul Malone
January 13, 2007 11:30am
IN THE SWING: Jessica Moore, 16, with parents Sharon and Peter.
WA schoolgirl Jessica Moore says she will "keep swinging" after drawing third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round of the Australian Open.
Moore, a 16-year-old wildcard, giggled when the draw pitted her against the former US Open champion, possibly in a showcase match on Rod Laver Arena.
Tennis Australia player development director Craig Tiley predicted that Moore, ranked No. 992, would justify her wildcard under TA's policy of rewarding youth for their performances on the Australian summer circuit.
Moore was given her Grand Slam spurs after winning the Australian 18-and-under title last month and being runner-up to Alicia Molik in the final of the Open wildcard playoff series.
"She (Kuznetsova) is a gutsy player who has won a Grand Slam and won a Grand Slam doubles with Alicia. I'm excited to see how I play and I'll focus on me," Moore said.
"I'm getting used to the limelight a little. I used to be nervous about the whole thing, but I hope I can deal with it well on the day. I'll go out and keep swinging.
"The biggest crowd I've played in front of was probably in Hobart, where there were maybe 1000 at most. You have to start somewhere."
"I want to do the last two years at school. Schooling is a big part of my life and tennis isn't the only thing."
Tiley said: "Jessica's played all the junior Grand Slams last year and done well. She won the under-18s nationals and lost a close match to Alicia in the final of the wildcard playoff. We believe she deserves the opportunity."