ANNE-MARIE Medcalf always strives to do her best on the tennis court.
The 15-year-old recently did that when she won the Gosford AMT Open women's consolation tournament.
Knocked out in the early rounds of the main draw, Anne-Marie then moved to the consolation division where she won her quarter final, semi-final and final to claim victory.
The Abbotsbury girl won the final in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, against Queenslander Renee Mcbryde.
Last year, Anne-Marie won the Gosford Junior Open in the under-16 years girls' age group.
But this was the first time she had entered the open women's division.
Her mother, Donna, said the positive advice from Marconi Tennis Centre's Stewart Whicker was important before she played in the final.
"Stewart has done a lot for Anne-Marie and her tennis," Donna Medcalf said.
Whicker said Anne-Marie works hard in preparing for her tournaments.
"She trains hard, prepares well and doesn't take any short cuts," Whicker said.
The right-hander said winning the Gosford event was a good start to the year.
"I am training six days a week," Anne-Marie said.
And, with the school year having just started, Anne-Marie again has to fit in the study, tennis training and playing routine. The teenager has also grown six centimetres the past year and now stands 156 centimetres tall.
Anne-Marie's next event is on Saturday when she plays in the Raymond Terrace Silver AMT.