11-year-old takes out under-18 singles title
AT THE young age of 11, Bundaberg's Darina Kamenoff is creating history in the sport of tennis.
On Friday at the Bundaberg Age Open, the 11-year-old became the youngest ever winner of the U18 singles at the event.
Competing in both the U12s and the U18s, Kamenoff battled fatigue and competitors up to five years older than her to take out both crowns.
She also only lost one set in the tournament, which was in the final of the U18s to Isabella Macgibbon.
The tennis prodigy is originally from the region but currently lives on the Gold Coast with her family.
Tournament director Murray Whitebread said Kamenoff had a great week.
"She is highly talented,” Kamenoff said.
"She is very switched on and dedicated to the game.”
Whitebread gave her a glowing endorsement when asked if she had what it took to be a star of the future.
"She is well on the right track,” he said.
"She is mentally tough and very consistent in her game.”
In the boys U18 final, Rangeville-based second seed Charlie Zwolsman won in three sets against Harry Becht, who took out the top seed in the semi-finals.
In other results, Kent Yamazaki won the U12 boys, Ethan Farlie won the U14 boys, Emily Ryan won the U14 girls and Andrew Osmond won the U16 boys.
Unfortunately Bundaberg's Brendon Schultz fell in the semi-finals to Sam Oster in U16 boys, despite winning the second set to love.
Pleased with the overall tournament Whitebread said organisers and players got lucky with the weather.
"Surviving the first day with the rain was a miracle,” he said.
"We hardly had any interruptions throughout the tournament.”
"There's potential to also lift the numbers with people interested in coming back next year.”
The 2017 Bundaberg Age Open will be held at the same time next year.