TARANI Kamoe has set her sights on improving her world junior tennis rankings.
The 18-year-old flew out to the US on Thursday to further her tennis and academic career.
Tarani, who is ranked 497, is the latest local athlete to earn an International Tennis Federation scholarship. She will be based at the Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Tarani said she was honoured to be one of the recipients for the scholarship.
She said tennis had a bright future in the country because there were many good junior players coming up.
"Very less people get the opportunity to secure an overseas scholarship so I feel very lucky to go to the Georgia State University," Tarani said.
"The ITF regional program is excellent. It has given many local players the opportunity to enhance their skills. The sport is growing in the country."
Tarani was introduced to the sport at the age of six by her father Riga, a tennis fanatic himself.
"I started playing in the local tournaments and got picked to be part of the ITF regional program," Tarani said.
"Then I started competing in the regional events. My younger sister Mulan who is 13 years old is doing better than what I did at her age.
"I hope to come back and be part of the national team for the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
"I haven't really decided on my future but I want to play the sport for as long as I can because I love it.
"I would like to thank my family members, the Fiji Tennis Association, Oceania Tennis Association and ITF for helping me reach this far."
Other local athletes who have benefited from ITF's scholarships are Archana Reddy, Finau Fa, Valu Fa, Akanesi Fa, Tavu Fa, Adalyne Hazelman, Divashkar Reddy, Daneric Hazelman and Christopher Hargrove.