Melissa started tennis at the age 5, at 6 she started playing at TC Zandvoort. From the age of 7, she played tournaments with her brother where they won the Haarlems Youth together.
Melissa started 2018 at #2029 in the ITF junior rankings. She went to Bosnia where she went onto win after going through the qualifications, the week after into another final. She won another TE Under 16. She also won the National Championships U16. By the end of 2018, Melissa got into 9 ITF finals winning 2 singles and 1 double. She is now ranked 227 in the world, around 20 for her age 15. By New Year, she will be top 200.
Melissa is very dedicated and hardworking, her aim is to get to be a professional.
What are the player’s goals for the next season?
To be ranked top 50 in the world and to win some ITF 1 and 2's
To qualify for Junior Grand slams and play futures
Player Skills Diagram
Drills and footwork
Skills to Improve
Persistent and accurate serve, she puts a lot of slice on it, which lowers power, but brings certain advantages: less double-faults, and more complicated returns for opponents. She's plays steadily on the baseline, and equally dangerous on forehand and backhand wings. Needs to improve slice shots by bending knees more and making a smoother racquet motion. Can also work on her returnes, by better using legs and body weight, plus applying a more open grip to be able to attack high-bouncing balls. Good footwork in drills and pointplay, good rhythm. Overall, she's an offensive player who wants to dictate the point and finish them early.