HER visit may have been in doubt, but nothing was going to stop budding tennis ace Taylah Beckman finally enjoying a successful trip to the seaside.
The 16-year-old recovered from a mid-match blip to overcome Tamworth's Alicia Smith and take out this year's women's singles at the Ballina New Year competition.
It was only the Grafton teen's second tournament back after sustaining a torn cartilage in her left wrist before Christmas.
Although she is still shaking the rust from her game after the injury, Beckman was still good enough to claim a hard-fought 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in Sunday's final.
"At first they weren't sure if it could be six weeks or six months," she said. "When they said it could be six months, I was like, 'No way'.
"Luckily it seemed to get better.
"I have always come to this tournament, but usually I only get through a round or two if I'm lucky.
"I haven't won anything for a while, so it definitely means a lot to win this."
The right-hander, who went into the tournament ranked just outside the top 100 women in Australia, has a fine pedigree.
She comes from the renowned Beckman tennis clan and has enjoyed notable success as a junior, claiming national doubles titles and other singles events.
Having spent a few weeks playing in America last year, the talented teen is hoping one day to earn a place on the tough US college circuit after completing her schooling.
"I'm doing Year 12 this year, but I love tennis and want to keep it going," she said.
Scores of competitors from across New South Wales and interstate once again enjoyed the annual four-day tournament, which wrapped up on Sunday.
Singles and doubles action in the various grades took place, with Beckman also taking out the women's doubles title. This time with Smith on her side of the court, the pair defeated Georgia Allen and Tailey Kate Beaver in the final.