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PUBLISHED: 10:27 24 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 25 August 2010
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THE brother of a rising tennis star says she is feeling confident of doubles success at the Wimbledon Championships
THE brother of a rising tennis star says she is feeling 'confident' of doubles success at the Wimbledon Championships.
Sidcup born Naomi Cavaday, ranked 4th in Great Britain, and team-mate Anna Smith, were due to take on Julia Georges and Agnes Szavay in the first round at the All England Club in SW18 yesterday.
It will be the fifth Wimbledon for the 21-year-old, who narrowly missed out on a singles place this year when she lost in the second round of the qualifying stage.
Ms Cavaday's brother Nick, 24, is a full time professional coach at the Bromley Tennis Academy, in Avebury Road, Orpington, where his sister also trains.
He told the Times: "I speak to Naomi every day, and she's really looking forward to getting out on the court. They both seem quietly confident about their first round match.
"She had a really tough draw in the singles qualifying round for singles, but now she can focus on her doubles performance."
Ms Cavaday, who went to St James' Primary School, Maybury Close, Orpington and then Bromley High School, Blackbrook Lane, Bickley, hopes to build on her success at a $25,000 tournament in Brescia, Italy, where she triumphed in both the singles and doubles categories.
The rising tennis star, who also attended the Queenswood School in Hertfordshire, is ranked No. 199 in the world.
In 2008 she came face to face with defending champion Venus Williams in the first round on Wimbledon, and nearly won the first set.
Clint Harris, Director of Bromley Tennis Academy, where Naomi trains, said:
"Naomi is a really bubbly person of the court and is always encouraging the other players. All the others at the academy look up to her very much."
"She works really well with her partner Anna, who is a really well respected doubles player.
"Although Anna is a better volley Naomi has a real pace to her game."
On Wednesday Ms Cavaday was waiting to hear whether she had landed a wild card place in the mixed doubles at the event with American Dominic Ilgot.
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