BALANCING mental strength with technical proficiency is key to Bossley Park's Chelsea Arezo dazzling ability on the court. She stunned spectators as she played in the under-14s singles at the Nepean State Series round robin at Woodriff Gardens at Penrith on July 19.
Chelsea, 14, won her final set 6-2 to win the title after playing good-quality tennis all through the tournament.
"I'm really happy to win — I'm especially happy that I was able to play my best tennis in the final match," she said.
The Bossley Park High School student was introduced to the sport at 5 and is now starting to flourish as a tennis player.
"I like the fact it's an individual sport and also that there's no time limit. You can always win a match no matter how far behind you get.
"My determination is my main strength. Tennis is a difficult sport and I'm always trying to improve my game and be stronger mentally."
While Chelsea did all the hard work to win the tournament she praised her coach, Stewart Whicker, of Marconi Tennis Academy.
Stewart has helped me a lot with my technique and footwork.
"He's taught me a lot more about self-belief, a good attitude and how to control emotions on the court. He's more than a tennis coach, I see him more as a mentor because he covers everything in the game on a technical level and also the mental side which is the most difficult part to improve."