Tennis Star - Vada Thaggard showing off her singles champion trophy.
Tennis Star - Vada Thaggard showing off her singles champion trophy. Cody Fox

Vada's set to swing as state title beckons

TENNIS: Short in stature but big in ability, 13-year-old Vada Thaggard is ready to show the best tennis players from across Central Queensland why she is a major talent to watch.

Coached by Ace Tennis' Luke Harvey, Vada won the 13 and under final at the CQ finals at Gladstone Tennis and Squash Association last week, beating fellow Hervey Bay tennis player Gracie Miller in a tough tie-breaker.

Vada will travel to Rockhampton this weekend for the Queensland Junior Development Series state final at Rockhampton Regional Tennis Centre, where she will try to land another state championship this year.

BIG SHOT: Hervey Bay junior Vada Thaggard will compete at the Queensland Junior Development Series state final.
BIG SHOT: Hervey Bay junior Vada Thaggard will compete at the Queensland Junior Development Series state final. Cody Fox

She was part of Fraser Coast's under-15 hockey team which won the state title at Hervey Bay Hockey fields.

"That was the first time I've played in a month,” Vada said.

"I played all right to start, I didn't play my best but I still went pretty well.”

While the serve is strong, Vada said her consistency is the best part of her game.

"I used to be pretty bad, I didn't have much consistency. But me and my coach worked on it and now it's a bit more natural,” she said.

Vada said her final was close, and expected similar competition this weekend.

"It was pretty tough, my competitor was a really good player. I was down 4-nil, but ended up winning 9-8 so it was really close,” she said. "I thought, it happens all of the time and I usually come back so I had to get my head in it.

"I think it will be tough (at Rockhampton) , but I reckon I can get a few good wins.”



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