LOCAL tennis sensation Georgie Sanders from Padbury is one day dreaming of emulating the likes of her idol Victoria Azarenka as she aims to make it right to the very top of the game.
Georgie, 15, recently won the U16 and U18 Buckinghamshire County Championships without dropping a set.
A keen sports girl who attends the Royal Latin School, Georgie loves playing the game of tennis and has been hooked ever since the age of eight.
Speaking about her love for the game, Georgie said: “I love Azarenka and Sharapova and I like to think I have a similar style to them both but I don’t scream as loud as they do!
“I dream of playing tennis at a high level. That’s what I want and I know it’s tough but that is my dream.
“It is a huge commitment but I will do everything I can to be the best.”
Georgie trains at least four times a week with local professional Ify Onyenwenu at Buckingham Lawn Tennis Club and also spends time hitting with a local University student – a strong male player who has played for the Sri Lankan Davis cup team.
From a young age, she has travelled independently to train both in the Czech Republic and Majorca before recently getting up at 6am on Saturday mornings to travel to an academy south of London to train.
Having suffered several injuries like any growing athlete, Goergie has shown tremendous determination by using that time to play left-handed in order to improve her backhand.
Georgie loves travelling and hopes to continue by playing International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments next year.
She plays numerous regional and national tournaments during the year and has attained a very good rating within the British system.
Georgie’s coach, Onyenwenu, said: “She is a very good and quiet girl who wants to be the best in tennis.
“She works very hard on her fitness and listens a lot.
“At her age, she is able to win the U16 and U18 tournaments,which shows what she is going to be in the future.
“My plan is to start taking her out to look for ITF points abroad with her talent and age.”