Totally Tennis performance players Liam and Isla Hignett were in action over the Easter Holidays at the Grade 3 Winchester Spring Open competing in both singles and doubles events.
Isla and partner Eliza Wheeler were the winners of the Girls 12 & under doubles event beating Lottie Forsyth and Emma Goodacre in the semis 4-1, 4-0 followed by Francesca Davis and Zara Burney in the final 2-4, 4-0, 1-0(5) to win the event and collect the trophies, well done girls!In the 12 & under singles Isla finished as runner-up. After a bye in round one she beat Katy Jarvis 6-1, 6-0 in the quarters and Lilac Jervis 6-4, 6-2 in the semis but lost to Davis (whom she beat in the doubles final) 6-0, 6-1 to take second place overall. In the 14 & under singles event she won her first match against Maria Ivanova 1-4, 4-0, 1-0(8) but then lost in the second round to eventual runner up Annabelle Davis 4-0, 4-0. In the 14 & under doubles Isla teamed up with Emma Stewart and after losing their quarter final match against Anna Vinnell and Magda Kornijczuk 4-2, 5-4(5) they won the consolation final beating Celeste Crosby and Zoe Upcraft 4-1, 4-1.l
Older brother and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam competed in the 18 & under and Mens singles events reaching the semi-final stage in both events, losing to the eventual winner in the men’s and the overall runner up in the 18’s. After a bye in round one of the 18’s he defeated Nathan Rochelle 6-2, 6-3 in round two, Louis Allen 2-6, 6-4, 1-0(10) in the quarters but lost against eventual runner-up Oliver Dixon 6-1, 6-0 in their semi-final match. In the Open Men’s singles competition, Liam had a bye in round one then beat Ivan derrick 6-2, 6-2 in round two, Cameron Alexander in the quarters 6-2, 6-3 but lost in the semis to overall winner Tommy Cartledge 6-3, 2-6, 1-0(6).
Liam also competed in the 18 & under doubles with partner Jin Zizheng. After another bye in the first round the boys beat Max Holland and Harry Neate in the quarters but lost to eventual runners-up Mark Laishley and George Barfoot in a three set semi-final encounter 4-1, 4-14-0, 4-2. In the Men’s doubles Liam partnered Gwilliams and they finished as in the runner-up spot of the round robin competition beating Dylan Allenby-Ryan and Aaron Blackman 4-0, 4-1 but losing against George Houghton and Alexander (who Liam beat in the singles) 4-1, 5-4(6).
Liam also played in the Grade 3 Tennis Solutions Masters Open at the David Lloyd in Bristol playing in Open Men’s singles event. In the first round he defeated Andrew Lumb 6-1, 6-0, Joel White 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters but lost to eventual winner Robert Leck 6-3, 6-4 in the semis finishing in fourth place overall after losing the third/fourth playoff match against Alex White 6-1, 6-3.
Congratulations Hignetts for a very successful Easter Holidays of tennis!