Accolade for rising young tennis star
South Canterbury's rising star of tennis Emily Fanning is New Zealand's female Junior Player of the Year.
The globe-trotting Fanning was bestowed the honour at the Tennis NZ awards dinner in Auckland.
The men's title went to Rubin Statham while there was no surprise with Marina Erakovic taking the women's title.
The junior male award went to lefthander Cameron Norrie of Auckland.
The 17-year-old Fanning has had an eventful year, highlighted by playing all four junior Grand Slam tournaments.
A couple of injuries, however, marred her overall preparation and performance during her time in Europe and the United States.
A highlight was winning her first women's professional title, in a doubles title in Mexico.
Fanning's highest junior world ranking (in combined singles and doubles) was 38th in 2012.
On returning to New Zealand, Fanning played the Auckland Open Championship, and the West End Cup in early December, winning both titles.
Fanning defeated former United States college player Emma Hayman in both finals.
Hayman, from Whanganui,was coached as a youngster by South Canterbury coach Kane Newland.
Fanning was among the favourites to take out the New Zealand Championships (the former residentials) but strained her hip in the final of the West End Cup.
It has also forced her to withdraw from the ASB Open.
She is hoping the rest will give herself every chance of being fit to play the Australian Open Juniors in January.
- The Timaru Herald