Koharu Nishikawa: A rising star of Australian tennis
Meet Koharu Nishikawa, the 14-year-old from Melbourne who is one of Australia's most promising junior talents.
Koharu Nishikawa is a young Aussie on the rise.
The 14-year-old from Melbourne aspires to one day be just like her hero Ash Barty, and has made a name for herself in tournaments around the world in 2023.
Currently playing for Australia at the Junior Billie Jean King Cup finals in Spain, she also represented her country earlier this year as part of the Australian 14-and-under girls’ team that finished sixth at the 2023 ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in the Czech Republic.
In our series profiling Australia’s most promising junior players, Nishikawa reflects on her favourite tennis experiences so far…
I started playing tennis when I was four or five years old, and I started playing because my brothers played and yeah, really enjoy it.
I love competing and I love competing on a daily basis, and that feeling of chasing something and trying to win.
Yeah, I can actually beat them now. So that’s an improvement. One of my brothers, he actually laid down on the chair and we thought he was half-crying. Proudest moment of my life.
I’ve been fortunate to travel a lot this year and representing Australia in the Czech finals in World Juniors. That was probably the highlight for me.
A few specific things on and off the court, especially off the court. Meeting new people and different cultures and learning about different countries and being exposed to them is something I learned a lot from.
I would love to play Grand Slams and be on the tour. Hopefully win the Australian Open because I’m from Melbourne, that’ll be awesome.
I’m inspired by Ash Barty. She’s retired, but she was my role model. I love her variety on court, but also the way she handles everything off the court. My coaches, my parents and my family also inspire me to work harder.
Yeah, speaking of Ash, I have really modelled my game around her. Her slices and her variety in her game.
Ash’s slice! I would love that, that would be amazing.
Watching Roger Federer win his 2017 Australian Open against Rafael Nadal. The five-setter, I was watching it on the TV.
It’s like a real goal for me. I mean, I’ve been watching the Aussie Open as long as I can remember, so the next step for me is probably play a junior Grand Slam.
I remember going when I must have been like five years old, and it was like 40 degrees. It was so hot. I just remember sitting on a show court watching.
I love hanging out with my friends, just chilling with my family and going for walks. Just the simple things.
I hope they describe me as an easy going friend and I’m determined in what I’m doing. I hope they think I’m kind also.
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