Our annual Junior Singles Tournament took place at the beginning of September where there was a good turnout of children putting into practice what they have learnt over the summer.
The girls’ event pitted 12- year- old Jess Williams against 14-year-old Catherine Knights. I was extremely surprised by the match that they played with both girls showing the improvement they have made over the summer and a determination to run down every ball! Several long rallies ensued and the first set was incredibly tight with there only ever being one game between them until Catherine edged it by 6 games to 5. Although the second set also saw many deuce games Jess won it by 6 -2. A match tie-break (first to 10 points, 2 clear) was then played to decide the winner. Jess ran away with this and became the champion with a 10-4 victory.
The Senior Boys event saw only two entries so Jack Kendall and Harrison Black played a best of three set match. Jack always had the edge and ran out a 6-3, 6-2 victor.
In the Junior Boys event nine boys took part. Many of the boys were playing their first competitive matches and as with the girls I was impressed by the way in which they played. They were split into two groups, one of four and one of five with the top two in each to go forward to the semi-finals. Group B was clear cut with Matt Burrows and Louis Giles qualifying for the semis but Group A was incredibly close. Lewis Starkey won the group with three wins but the other three boys won one match each meaning the runner-up was decided by the number of games won. Evan Black had 7, Charlie Marshall 10 and Raif Gunton 11, thus Raif went through to face Matt in the semi-final.
Matt overcame Raif 4-0 and Louis beat Lewis 4-1 to set up a re-match of a match played earlier in the day which Matt had won.
The final was a close affair with several good rallies. The first four games were shared but then Matt began to hit a few winners to complete a 4-2 victory.
Many thanks to Teresa Miles for her help and to Miles Gunton who helped with the umpiring. Nicola Gardner