Mini Performance player Kirsty Da Silva had a fabulous weekend winning two events. On Saturday she won the Grade 5 Kingsley Indoor Super Saturday 9 and Under Mixed Singles title. In the first round she beat Thomas Le Merchant 7-5, 7-3 and then Aarav Tangutun in three sets in the quarter finals 7-2, 4-7, 7-5. Her opponent in the semi-final was fellow Totally Tennis player Eduard Lakatos who she defeated in another three set battle 9-7, 6-8, 7-5. In the final she beat Can Tugcetin 7-5, 7-4 to take her first title of the weekend. On his way to the semi-finals Lakatos beat club mate Melissa Toner 7-3, 7-3 in round one and then Ethan Davey 7-5, 3-7, 7-1 in the quarter-finals. Toner competed in the consolation event beating Callum Tang 7-4, 7-3 before losing to Le Merchant in three sets 7-3, 4-7, 7-2.
Kirsty with her 9 and Under Mixed Singles winners medal from Kingsley
On Sunday, Da Silva travelled down to Bournemouth to compete in the Grade 5 Orange Tour Thailand Open held at the West Hants Lawn Tennis Club. Da Silva won the 9 and Under Girls Singles event winning all four of her matches beating Ellen Mans 6-8, 7-5, 7-3, Annalise Smith 7-3, 7-3, Jazmin Lilley 7-3, 7-2 and Emelia Butler 8-6, 7-3 rounding off a very successful weekend.
A very happy Kirsty with her second winners medal of the weekend from the 9U Girls singles event at West Hants in Bournemouth
Performance player Liam Hignett won his first 16 and under Boys singles title of the new winter season at the Oxstalls Sports Park in Gloucester. In the quarter-finals of the Winter County Tour event, Hignett beat Finnian Bult 4-2, 4-1 followed by a win in the semi-finals against Freddie Davis 4-1, 3-5 [1-0] (7) and then Joe Leather in the final 2-4, 4-2, [1-0] (5). Winning this Grade 4 event has given Hignett entry into the Grade 3 Winchester linked event taking place on 11th/12th October.
Liam and his Oxstalls 16 and under winners medal
Younger sister, mini performance player Isla also competed in the Oxstalls event in her first 12 and under Girls singles after taking a reserve place. In her first match she was drawn against top seed and eventual winner Jessica Doerr losing 4-0, 4-0. In the consolation event Hignett had a bye in the semi-final and then won the consolation final beating Ava Hawkins 4-1, 4-0.
Sherfield School tennis scholar and performance player Miles Bromilow played in the Grade 4 Winter County Tour in the 16 and under Boys singles event held at Salisbury Tennis Club. In the quarter-finals he defeated Max Holland 4-1, 5-3 and Cameron May 4-5(2), 4-1 [1-0] and finished as runner-up after losing in the final to Ethan Parker 4-1, 4-1. Younger sister Jasmin also a member of the school squad and mini tennis programme also finished in the silver medal position in the GDT Slough 12 and under event. In the quarter finals, Bromilow beat Jorja Reynolds 4-1, 4-0 followed by Evie Davey in the semis 4-0, 4-1 but lost out in the final to Emma McMahon 4-0, 4-0.
Head Coach James McIntosh said, “Congratulations to all the mini and performance players who competed over the weekend especially to Kirsty and Liam for their latest wins. Kirsty did exceptionally well as one of only three girls, including Melissa, in a strong field of sixteen players and played the best tennis to beat two very strong boys in the semi and the final.”