Rosie heads home with trophy packed in her shopping bag
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
EVEN without winning the McDonalds Northern NSW Open Women's final yesterday, Lismore's Rosie McWilliams had a weekend to remember.
The 16-year-old stayed with family and enjoyed the beaches and shopping that Coffs Harbour has to offer but it was her victory over Coffs Harbour's Amanda Jones in the final that was her obvious highlight.
After a tight first set, which McWilliams won 7-5, it looked like a case of being over bar the shouting when the youngster raced away to a 5-0 lead in the second.
That's when a massive change in momentum came over the match.
"I took my foot off the pedal when I went 5-0 up and I think I went defensive, playing for her to lose the match rather than me win it," McWilliams said. "It wasn't until I started going for it again that I turned it around."
The big serving Jones managed to take the second set to a tie-breaker but couldn't extend the match into a deciding third set as McWilliams breathed a sigh of relief when she converted her second match point into victory.
"She was a tough opponent, she had a big serve and some power as well which was tough," the champ said after the final.
"The conditions were tough though and I think the wind probably didn't help her at all.
"It forced me to think my way around the court more, which is something I don't usually do that often."