Emily Appleton

18/09/17 10:12pm

Emily Appleton is driven to star at the Grand Slams
Image: Emily Appleton is driven to star at the Grand Slams

Being chosen as one of the new Sky Sports Scholars has fired up Emily Appleton to boost her own career and become a role model for women in sport.

The 18-year-old from Surrey is a rapidly rising star on the junior circuit having won the prestigious Costa Rica Coffee Bowl in singles and doubles earlier this year and making the quarter-finals in the singles and doubles at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Her results in 2017 have pushed her up to a career high world junior ranking of 10 after starting 2016 ranked 303.

Getting on the Scholarship program is one of her biggest achievements for Emily.

"I feel hugely honoured," she said. To be involved as a Scholar with all of these other incredible athletes is really special and it inspires and drives me to continue to work hard to be the best that I can be.

"It has also given me huge confidence to know that Sky believe in me and my abilities as a tennis player and this has given me even more incentive to achieve my long term goals.

TOP FACTS

1) Born: 1 September 1999, Chertsey
2) Making 2017 Australian Open Junior Q-F (singles and doubles)
3) Was holder of British titles in all four age groups - U12, U14, U16 & U18

"As a Scholar I would love to become an ambassador for the program and for tennis and women in sport in general and to be able to help raise the profile of the game.

"I am also very excited to learn more about Sky and all the things it can offer me and that I can become involved in. I also hope it will give me a chance to learn more about the other Scholars and their sports so I can start to follow their progress and success."

Making the second round in this year's Wimbledon girls singles and doubles has also given her a taste of the bigger stages on offer.

"I want to become the best that I can be and hopefully becoming one of the best in the world," Appleton added.

"Having reached the top 10 in the world on the junior circuit and playing all of the junior Grand Slams I would love to be able to make a successful transfer into the women's game.

"I will be working so hard for a top 100 ranking and a place in the women's Grand Slams over the next few years."