Marlborough’s leading tennis player, Jade Otway, has picked up another national title, and narrowly missed another.
At the New Zealand under-18 championships, held in Albany from December 5-10, Jade paired superbly with Ines Stephani from Wanaka to take out the national doubles title, beating top seeds Holly Stewart and Sarah Weekley 6-2, 6-2.
In the singles, Jade was also seeded second and reached the final where she played the unseeded Shona Nakano. After Jade had won the first set 6-2, Nakano took the second and third sets 6-3, 6-4.
In the first round of singles the Marlborough 16-year-old, who remains eligible to play in this grade next season, beat Miranda Yuan 6-2, 6-2. She then downed Ema Miyaura 6-0, 6-2 then overcame fifth seed Abby Mason in a quarterfinal, winning a tough battle, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6. In the semifinal Jade defeated eighth seed Elyse Tse 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 in another torrid encounter.
She and Stephani beat Ella O’Malley and Dana Salmon 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the doubles competition, accounted for Bridget Han and Miranda Yuan by a walkover in the next round then downed fourth seeds Brooke Kenny and Mason 3-6, 6-0, 10-7 in the semifinal.