Brisbane teen wins Gladstone Tennis Open
SHE had never been to Gladstone before, but Shan-Ying Barr has vowed to return next year.
After all, she will be defending her Gladstone Tennis Open women's title.
It was her third open age tournament win, despite being only 14 years old, and perhaps the biggest so far to date.
"It is a gold tournament so it is worth 300 points towards rankings," she said.
"It will put me in the top 100 in Australia, and that would be the first time for me."
Barr is yet to defend a title, losing in the final of her attempt in Caboolture earlier this year.
Her recent form brought her to Gladstone as the number two seed.
She was not the favoured player in the final, playing number one seed Gabriella McLaughlin.
After losing the first set and down 5-4 and a break in the second, the task looked lost.
But Barr stuck with it to topple her opponent in style.
Shan-Ying Barr defeated Gabriella McLaughlin:
First set- 5-7
Second set- 7-5
Third set- 6-1