Two of the young performance players were in action over the recent half term. Performance player Liam Hignett competed in the Grade 3 David Lloyd Southampton October Mens Open Tournament 2015. He won his first match against Florian Hagmann 6-2, 6-2 but then lost to eventual runner-up Thomas Pudney 5-7, 7-5, [10-7] in his second match.
Hignett then competed in the Grade 3 Sutton Tennis and Squash Club Autumn Open Tournament playing in the men’s event. In the first round he defeated Josiah Simmons 6-3, 6-1 and Kurt Burton 6-0, 6-1 in round two and then defeated number one seed Tim Schoenert 6-4, 6-3 in the quarter-finals before losing to eventual runner-up David Brehme in a close match in the semi-finals 7-5, 5-7, 10-8. He finished off the week playing in the Grade 3 Well Place event held at Cheltenham Ladies College where he beat Taylan Ozdemir 4-2, 4-0 in the quarters but lost in the semi-final against against the eventual runner-up Freddie O’Brien 4-0, 4-2.
Like Hignett, mini performance players Kirsty Da Silva also played in the Grade 3 David Lloyd Southampton October Half Term Tournament competing in the 10 and under girls event. She lost a very close first round match in the main draw against Emma Goodacre 4-2, 5-3, even though she played really well the end result didn’t go her way. She then won her remaining three matches in the consolation draw against Fern Ashton 4-2, 1-4, 10-7, Jazmin Lilley 4-1, 5-3 Jazmin Lilley and then won the final against Sophe Hunter 3-5, 4-0, 10-6 Sophie Hunter to finish as the winner.
Da Silva’s mum Sue said “All Kirsty’s matches were intense and close contests – two of her matches went to three sets. This was by far her strongest performance in terms of intensity, power hitting and stamina – her first match started at 10.30am and she came off court at the end of her last match at 7.30pm!!” she added “Although it was only a consolation draw, all the players were of a very good standard and Kirsty showed she could compete at a very high level!”