Great tournament, first Australian girl to reach a Junior Grand Slam singles final since Jelena Dokic won the US Open Juniors in 1998, and the first Australian girl to reach the final of the Australian Open Juniors since Siobhan Drake Brockman beat Anabel Ellwood in 1995
Happy to say that I got to see Jess play heaps of matches in Melbourne. She is by far our best prospect!
Her forehand is a great shot and she's really learnt how to take control of the point with this shot. Her backhand has improved even since I saw her play in Gympie and she is just so focussed and determined. She very rarely lost her cool (only with some stupid line calls and umpiring, BTW no I didn't see you there danimoo) and she seems like such a fighter and hardworker.
I think towards the end of last year, I said she could be top 200...this needs to be re-evaluated lol...I think that top 150 is a probability (like SeanyQ) and anything close to the top 100 is indeed a possibility.
Rest assured, the future of Australian women's tennis is in good hands
Well I don't think that she has played the grasscourt challengers because Mildura was too soon after Fed Cup, and then what was the point in playing 1 tournament on grass before playing hardcourt challengers??
But I think the real reason is the age eligibility rules. She has played 13 tournaments, and is able to play 17 until her 18th birthday. I think she is 'saving' her tournaments up for the European claycourt swing in preparation for Roland Garros.