2019 for Stirling’s Rosie Sterk has been nothing but a whirlwind of success winning the Girls Under 16 Scottish Junior Open Championships and being a runner up in the Scottish Junior Indoor U18 Championships back in January.
Rosie - the first Scottish girl to win the grade 2 Summer National Tour event since 2015 - was certainly put through her paces, as the event attracted over 300 of the most talented young players from throughout Great Britain. In a tough and long three set match, Rosie battled back, winning the match in the third set on a tiebreak.
Speaking after the event, Rosie said: “I’m over the moon to have won the Scottish Junior Open Championships and to have beat some GB and National Program players along the way.
“I had to fight really hard in the match - being 4-0 down in the first set and 4-1 down in the third set, I saved two match points in the end and took the win. I knew I was capable of it!”
Blane Dodds, Tennis Scotland chief executive, said: “Competitions like the Scottish Junior Open Championships showcases the sheer amount of talent we have in youth in tennis right now. These junior players are the future of Scottish tennis talent and it’s incredible to be able to watch them grow as brilliant young players.
“It’s a very exciting time for junior tennis talent in Scotland. The standard of play was amazingly high this year and to make the finals out of 300 entrants speaks volumes of her skills as a player. We are very proud of Rosie and her fellow young players’ achievements and look forward to seeing what they get up to next.”
The full list of results can be viewed here:https://lta.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=D7858006-C475-48B4-9F04-CD1B100E3D30.
Having started her tennis early at Stonehaven Tennis Club in Aberdeenshire, Rosie now plays at Bridge of Allan LTC, training with local coach Joe Gill and attends Wallace High School. Rosie’s mother, Ruth Sterk, said: “Wallace High School offers a tremendous amount of support for the girls, not only in general, but in sport in particular. The school has also just won the Scottish Schools Championships with the girls’ team and were runner up for the boys – the first time a state school has won!”.
Still to come this summer, Rosie is taking part in the Ladies County Week at Felixstowe representing the North of Scotland. Talking about her aspirations for the year ahead of her, Rosie said: “I hope to stay injury free, keep enjoying tennis, and to get a more robust and regular training regime in place, which will hopefully lead to more meaningful results such as these. Thanks Tennis Scotland for the opportunity”.
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