Olivia has Wimbledon in sights
RISING tennis star Olivia Horn has forced her way into the British top ten for her age group.
The 15-year-old, who is in year 11 at The Cheltenham Ladies' College, is ranked UK number nine in the Under-15s after a summer of successful tournament entries.
Among her endeavours were winning the Under-16s Bath Open in July and making it to the quarter finals of the Under-16s National Tour at Bournemouth.
"I'm really happy with my summer of tennis, because all the effort I put into training is starting to pay off," said Horn. "I train for between 15 and 20 hours every week, including fitness work, and the school is very supportive of that."
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As part of a rigorous training regime, right-hander Horn travels to the LTA International High Performance Centre at Bath up to twice a week, sometimes starting as early as 6.30am to ensure she has enough time to study.
The Montpellier resident's fast development has seen her progress to play against adults and she qualified for the British Women's Tour events in Newcastle and Bournemouth earlier this year. Other strong performances against older girls have propelled her to 20th in the Under-16s rankings, alongside her Under-16s county number one berth.
Qualifying for a spot in the junior section of Wimbledon, before she leaves sixth form, is Olivia's main goal for the next three years.
College head of tennis Charlie Graveney said: "We are proud of Olivia, who is one of our sports scholars.
"To balance her academic work with her tennis as well as she does is an outstanding achievement. She is an exceptional student who organises herself and her training very impressively, and we hope she continues to enjoy success on the court and in the classroom."