Billett sets her sights on the top
IMPRESSIVE youngster Erin Billett has been on the semi-professional tennis circuit for only 18 months and has already assembled an enviable record.
On Monday Maclean’s Billett added the Lismore Easter Tennis Classic to her resume, winning the women’s open in emphatic style.
Twenty-year-old Billett defeated Queensland’s Nana Miyakawa in the final 6-2, 6-3 in cool conditions at the Lismore Tennis Club courts.
It was a comfortable win for a young tennis player whose star is well and truly on the rise.
As a semi-professional Billett competes in the Australian Money Tournament (AMT) circuit which is a quality match-play format giving opportunities for post-junior athletes.
And this is where Billett is making her name.
“I started playing tennis at a young age and when I turned 18 I decided to step up and play the pro-tournament path,” Billett said.
Like most young athletes Billett was influenced on a career in tennis by her family who are all involved in the sport.
“Tennis is in the family and the older I got the more interested I became in tennis,” she said.
“My dad Darren still coaches me and I also have help from (Grafton City Tennis Club’s) Philip Beckman.”
Billett’s record since turning professional is compelling at both singles and doubles and at a recent tournament at the Gold Coast she was a finalist in the women’s open.
A fractured elbow late last year kept the rising tennis star off the courts for several months but on recent performances Billett is steadily climbing up the rankings.
Next on the agenda for Billett are international tournaments to be held in Ipswich and Bundaberg in the coming weeks.
“Hopefully I can improve my rankings and eventually qualify for the main draw in Australian and international tournaments,” she said.
Billett’s recent tournament performances
Open Ladies Singles finalist Gold Coast Open
Open Ladies Doubles champion Salisbury AMT, South Australia
Open Ladies Singles champion Boroondara AMT, Victoria
Open Ladies Doubles finalist Melbourne AMT.
Open Mixed Doubles finalist Griffith AMT, Queensland
Open Ladies Singles champion Lismore Easter Classic Open