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WA teenager gets wildcard entry into Australian Open

Reporter: Samantha Donovan

LISA MILLAR: The Australian Open tennis tournament gets underway in Melbourne this morning.

One hundred and twenty eight players are lining up - among them, 16-year-old wildcard entry,
Jessica Moore, from country WA.

Samantha Donovan reports.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: The practice courts of Melbourne Park are a long way from Jessica Moore's
home-town, the farming community of Williams, about two hours south-east of Perth.

Following the lead of her father and brother, the Australian Open debutante first picked up a
racket at eight.

JESSICA MOORE: We started hitting over a cocky gate in the paddock. I don't know, it sounds weird
but that's basically how it started.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: The population of the entire shire of Williams is just over 900 and Jessica Moore
is a proud local.

JESSICA MOORE: It's very small, but I feel that it's built a lot of character and I've really
enjoyed coming from that area.

I've had a lot of exposure to lots of different sports, I had a lot of good friends there and it's
a lot more peaceful, I find, and a lot quieter and yeah, it's a lot different, that's for sure.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: Jessica Moore faces a tough first round match.

No doubt most of Williams will be glued to the TV when the 16-year-old wildcard, ranked 992 in the
world, takes on the tournament's number three seed, Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Aspiring players always dream of taking to the court in a Grand Slam tournament, but Jessica Moore
wasn't thinking her big moment would come so soon.

JESSICA MOORE: Oh my goodness, no. I didn't even think, like, five days ago, so it's a big shock,
not shock, but it's a big surprise to me.

I mean it's something that I've always wanted but it's come really quickly and it's exciting.

I'm just going to go out there and focus on myself. I mean, I look at it as a huge experience. Who
gets to play someone top 10 in the world?

So I'm just going to look at it that way and be positive about it.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: It's quite likely it will be centre court, how do you think you'll feel walking

JESSICA MOORE: I know. I sort of haven't thought about it until just now and someone had told me
that I'm just like, oh my goodness, that's like 10 times my town. I mean, more than that and I'm

I haven't played in front of many big crowds before, so it's going to be a very new experience for
me and look hopefully it'll be a lot of fun, I'll have a bit of crowd behind me, hopefully.

I'm just going to have fun with it and just focus on me like I said and do my best.

LISA MILLAR: Jessica Moore.

(c) 2007 ABC