I did it my Wray
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
LOSING only three games in her last two matches, 15 year-old Ellie Wray has breezed her way through to take the Open Ladies title at Westside yesterday.
Having easily wrapped up her semi-final against Olivia Cocks 6-1 6-0, Wray continued her outstanding form to make light work of Maclean's Erin Billett in the final 6-1 6-1.
The Lismore High student admitted that having played against Billett many times previously held her in good stead as she went into the final not only with great form on her side but also with a distinct game plan.
"I knew she liked to hit a lot of shots cross court," Wray explained of her tactics.
"I just kept attacking and tried not to let her take over."
Despite her tender years, Wray entered only the open section of the Northern NSW junior tournament, choosing to forgo the extra workload of also playing matches in her age group.
The choice had nothing to do with supreme confidence that Wray might have in her ability but there were other circumstances that forced the issue.
"I've just come back from a shoulder injury so I didn't want to overdo it," she explained.
"I've had a bit of physio and it seems all right now, hopefully as the shoulder gets better my game will improve."
Yesterday's victory was Wray's second win in an open tournament, having opened her account earlier in the year with victory in Glen Innes.
The Year 10 student is hoping that the victories keep coming her way as she seeks a climb up the rankings in bigger tournaments.
"There's a lot of tournaments that are national points ones, so I'll be playing a fair few of them," she said.
"They're all around Australia so there's a lot of travel to do."