Jaimee Fourlis has earned three months of bragging rights after dispatching Ellen Perez in the ACT Claycourt International #2 final on Sunday.
The training partners and close friends are about to spend the next three months travelling and competing on the European circuit together.
Fourlis, 18, dropped just one set en route to the final in Canberra and proved too strong for Perez with an emphatic 6-3 6-2 victory.
The teenager said there were no hard feelings at the net, with Perez congratulating Flouris on the second ITF title of her budding career.
“I was really excited hard playing against someone I’m friends with and train with, but once we stepped out there it was business and I thought I handled myself well,” Fourlis said.
“I just took every match as it came this week and focused hard on every point, the outcome was really good tennis. This win could potentially put me inside top 300 which is really exciting.”
Fourlis now has two wins from as many matches against Perez but said she’d want a few more before she claimed bragging rights.
“We might play each other again, so don’t want to speak too soon. She’s a high quality opponent and I’m sure she’ll bounce back,” Fourlis said.
The pair will now head to Europe where Flouris where wants to make her second appearance at the French Open following her debut against former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki last year.
Flouris took a three-month break from tennis last year to finish high school and without the burden of study, her tennis is flourishing.
“The plans are to travel to Europe for a couple of months then off to the UK to play on grass and then head to the [United] States,” Flouris said.
“I just want to play a lot of matches. I don’t have school this year, so I’m really good and excited to learn off other people and am excited to see what I can do.
“This will be longest trip I’ve ever done so it’s really good I have Ellen and my coach there as well. I can’t wait to miss the Australian winter and get the European summer.”
Flouris bounced out in both ACT Claycourt Internationals on her first trip to the capital two years ago, but made her first trip back one to remember.
“It definitely shows I’m slowly improving. I’d like to hope the ranking is higher and don’t have to defend my title, but I’d be happy to come back to Canberra, it’s been a great tournament,” she said.
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