Like mother, like daughter on court

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A mother and daughter are taking Queenstown tennis by storm.

Felicity Oxnevad is about to be ranked in the world’s top 50 for her 50-55 age group after this year taking the New Zealand singles and mixed doubles titles in Blenheim and winning the mixed doubles and finishing runner-up at the Australian nationals in Adelaide.

Then last Sunday her daughter Louise, who’s 15 and was fifth seed, won the Queenstown Centennial Open.

In the semis she beat the top seed, defending champion Tuscany Hamel of Christchurch, 6-1 6-7 6-3, then accounted for her nemesis, Libby Scott of Dunedin, 6-2 6-2, to pocket $500.

For another $100 she and Scott won the doubles title, but by default.

Felicity – who’s 49 but qualifies for her age group because she’s in her 50th year – says she’d lost interest in tennis and taken up golf before Louise started wielding a racquet when she was nine.

“She gave me back the passion.

“She keeps me fit and makes me hit with her daily, but she’s not allowed to make me run too much.”

And when they play?

“Louise kills me.”

In the men’s division last Sunday, Wanaka pro Perry Crockett beat 14-year-old Queenstowner Harry James, 6-1 6-1, in the final and Crockett won the doubles with local pro Mark Milburn.