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Jade breaks through

It was a highly-successful weekend in Auckland for Marlborough tennis player Jade Otway. Photo: Supplied. 

Marlborough’s rising tennis talent, Jade Otway, picked up her first ITF [International Tennis Federation] singles win at the weekend.

The 17-year-old won both the singles and the doubles titles at the world junior J5 tournament staged in Auckland.

She went unbeaten during the event, which ran from September 20-26, teaming up with Abbey Mason in the doubles where they were top seeds.

Both the singles and doubles finals were played on Saturday. In the singles Jade beat sixth seed Elyse Tse 7-6, 6-1, then won the doubles title 6-0, 6-1 over Charlotte and Elyse Tse.

In the first round of the singles, for which she was seeded No 2, she downed Ruby Young 6-0, 6-2, then beat Juliane Gillespie 6-0, 6-0 in the next round and Renee Zhang 6-3, 6-2 in the semis.

Sixth seed Elyse Tse overcame singles top seed Vivian Yang 6-1, 6-4 in the other semi.

Jade is currently ranked 333rd worldwide.

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