Player of the month accolade for Freya Christie

Great Britain's Freya Christie in action against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic during day seven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 1, 2013. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation. No use with any unofficial third party logos.
Great Britain's Freya Christie in action against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic during day seven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 1, 2013. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation. No use with any unofficial third party logos.
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Rising tennis ace Freya Christie, of Hucknall, has landed another prestigious honour to further boost her career.

Last week’s Dispatch told how Freya had made the top 100 world junior rankings for the first time to coincide with her 16th birthday celebrations.

Now she has been named the British junior player of the month for October in an awards scheme run by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and sponsored by Aegon.

Freya, of Beardall Street, took the award primarily for her exploits at an international tournament in Korea where she reached the finals of both the girls’ singles and doubles (with Australian partner Lizette Cabrera).

In the singles, she knocked out the third and fifth seeds before falling to the second seed in the final.

It was her best performance of the year and lifted her to 95th in the junior world rankings -- a terrific achievement considering most of her rivals are aged 18 or 17.

Freya, who is under the guidance of coach Mark Taylor at the Nottingham Tennis Performance Academy, made her debut at Wimbledon this summer when handed an 11th hour wild card.

She continued her progress last week when gaining her first Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking in a tournament at Loughborough University on the professional women’s circuit.

Freya reached the quarter-finals after beating Maia Lumsden, of Glasgow, 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the First Round and then springing a major upset by knocking out second seed Carolin Daniels, of Germany, 6-4 6-2.

She was eventually beaten 3-6 6-7 by Belgian Klaartje Liebens, the number seven seed, who went on to reach the final.

The tourney was part of the Aegon GB Pro-Series. And Freya proved her display was no fluke because in a similar competition in Manchester this week, she knocked out the number seven seed, Nikola Vajdova, of Slovakia, 7-5 6-4.

Freya’s next big target is the junior girls’ singles at the Australian Open in January.

However she would appreciate sponsorship backing from local businesses to help meet the steep costs of a trip Down Under.