Teenage prodigy Kristina Krstic has completed a fairytale run through the $30,000 Janome NSW Open by capturing the women’s pairs title at the Taren Point Bowling Club earlier today (9/10).
Playing alongside world number five Karen Murphy, the Perth high school student made history by becaming the youngest ever winner on the Bowls Australia grand prix circuit at 15 years and 116 days.
The win was all the more remarkable given the caliber of opponents she faced.
Lining up against World Championship gold medallists and defending champions Lynsey Armitage (Helensvale) and Julie Keegan (Coolum Beach), Krstic held her nerve in the trying conditions as she united with Murphy to post a 6-3, 11-4 victory.
While Krstic was the talking point at Taren Point, the win also capped off a stunning week for Murphy, who earlier in the day captured the fours title alongside national teammates Penny Landherr and Anne Johns, as well as Raymond Terrace’s Natasha Van Eldik, providing her with her 12th and 13th titles respectively.
The star-studded line-up had to summon up all their courage to see off four-time finalist Lisa Mitchell and her Neutral Bay teammates Jenny Palmer, Lynne Thompson and Lou Witton 16-13.
“It was fantastic to play with Kristina this week,” Murphy said. “At 15 I can’t believe how well she has played.” Maintaining her levelness, the Manning bowler quickly deflected the attention to the three-time Commonwealth Games representative. “It was amazing,” Krstic said. “I never thought I’d get an opportunity to play with Karen… it was an amazing experience and I just learnt so much.” She will now have an opportunity to represent Australia at the next Commowealth Games.
Kristina is daughter of Jovica and Dragana Krstic from Perth.