Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Re: Jessica Moore
Here is an interview with Jess in the lead up to the Australian Open:
WA teenager gets wildcard entry into Australian Open
AM - Monday, 15 January , 2007 08:29:00
Reporter: Samantha Donovan
LISA MILLAR: The Australian Open tennis tournament gets underway in Melbourne this morning.
One hundred and twenty eight players are lining up - among them, 16-year-old wildcard entry, Jessica Moore, from country WA.
Samantha Donovan reports.
SAMANTHA DONOVAN: The practice courts of Melbourne Park are a long way from Jessica Moore's home-town, the farming community of Williams, about two hours south-east of Perth.
Following the lead of her father and brother, the Australian Open debutante first picked up a racket at eight.
JESSICA MOORE: We started hitting over a cocky gate in the paddock. I don't know, it sounds weird but that's basically how it started.
SAMANTHA DONOVAN: The population of the entire shire of Williams is just over 900 and Jessica Moore is a proud local.
JESSICA MOORE: It's very small, but I feel that it's built a lot of character and I've really enjoyed coming from that area.
I've had a lot of exposure to lots of different sports, I had a lot of good friends there and it's a lot more peaceful, I find, and a lot quieter and yeah, it's a lot different, that's for sure.
SAMANTHA DONOVAN: Jessica Moore faces a tough first round match.
No doubt most of Williams will be glued to the TV when the 16-year-old wildcard, ranked 992 in the world, takes on the tournament's number three seed, Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Aspiring players always dream of taking to the court in a Grand Slam tournament, but Jessica Moore wasn't thinking her big moment would come so soon.
JESSICA MOORE: Oh my goodness, no. I didn't even think, like, five days ago, so it's a big shock, not shock, but it's a big surprise to me.
I mean it's something that I've always wanted but it's come really quickly and it's exciting.
I'm just going to go out there and focus on myself. I mean, I look at it as a huge experience. Who gets to play someone top 10 in the world?
So I'm just going to look at it that way and be positive about it.
SAMANTHA DONOVAN: It's quite likely it will be centre court, how do you think you'll feel walking out?
JESSICA MOORE: I know. I sort of haven't thought about it until just now and someone had told me that I'm just like, oh my goodness, that's like 10 times my town. I mean, more than that and I'm just...
I haven't played in front of many big crowds before, so it's going to be a very new experience for me and look hopefully it'll be a lot of fun, I'll have a bit of crowd behind me, hopefully.
I'm just going to have fun with it and just focus on me like I said and do my best.
LISA MILLAR: Jessica Moore