Amber wins Singles & Doubles Australian Championship
South Australian Amber Marshall is now the 2015 Under 14's Australian Tennis Singles and Doubles Tennis champion. In Melbourne today (Thursday December 10) Marshall won the Singles Championship final 7-6, 7-5 over Annerly Poulos and impressively went through the tournament not losing a set. The new Australian champion felt the pressure going into the tournament after being the number one seed. "I've only ever made semis in the Australian nationals before and being the number one seed I felt a bit of pressure to do well in it," Marshall said. "It feels good to finally win one." This win is a fantastic start for the talented youngsters promising career. She made the semi finals of two junior ITF tournaments earlier this year along with winning the State Championship in July. Just two years ago, Marshall (just 12) she made the semi-finals of a European Tournament in Austria. Marshall first started playing the game at the Para Hills Tennis Club when she was four-years-old. "No one in my family played tennis," the Charles Campbell College student said. "But my brothers used to play cricket in the driveway and when I was about three years old and I would use a tennis racquet to hit the ball back. "Then I use to hit on the totem tennis and everyone said I was good at it back then, so my parents decided to get me into the sport." Her first coach at Para Hills Tennis Club was Tim Sandwell who coached her for about five years. But she admits it has been hard work with training every night of the week for the Roger Federer fan. "I train with my private coach Ben Milner two days a week, then at Tennis SA Academy everyday except weekends," Marshall said. "Its almost twenty hours a week, four hours of gym and 15 hours of hitting balls a week." Marshall will also compete in the Under 16 Australian Championship next week and the teams Under 14 championship. Her busy schedule continues in January 2016 when she comes back to Melbourne to play in a Traralgon International event and she has already set her goals. "I would like to hopefully play Australian Open Juniors," she said, "My goal is to win an International Junior Event (ITF) and then start playing the Women's Pro Tour."
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