Keeping up Totally Tennis’ record of having consecutive County Champions for over twenty years Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid were crowned 14 and under Girls Doubles champions, Hayden Cummings won the 9U Mixed Doubles with his partner Oliver Cole and Liam Hignett won the Men’s Open title. The week long Hampshire & IOW County Championships 2018, held at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club, finished yesterday.
Top seeds Hignett and Reid were crowned champions after defeating Lily Bebbington and Darcey Clarke in the semi finals 4-0, 5-3 followed by second seeds Sienna Boyce and Ivana Maynard in the final 4-1, 4-0. Fellow Totally Tennis player Kirsty Da Silva and her partner Poppy Marston were beaten by Boyce and Maynard 4-2, 4-1 in the semi finals.
Second seed Hignett was runner-up in the 16U Girls singles, after a bye in the quarters she beat Lucy Peer 6-2, 6-0 in the semis and faced Rina Hayamizu, who had previously beat Reid 6-1, 6-1, in the final losing 7-5, 6-2. Reid and Da Silva competed in the 14U Girls Singles, top seed Reid had a bye in the first round then beat Marston 6-2, 1-6, 1-0(7) in the semis before losing to Hayamizu in the final 6-0, 6-2. Da Silva lost in the quarters against Ivana Maynard 6-2, 6-1.
Also collecting top honours was Isla’s older brother Liam who won the Men’s Open title after defeating James Ardley 6-1, 6-3 in the quarters, third seed Henry Bowden in the semis 6-0, 5-7, 1-0(4) and fourth seed James Blair 7-6(2), 6-3 in the final. Top seeds Hignett and Bowden teamed up and were runners-up in the 18U Boys Doubles beating Ardley and Milan Bharadia in the semis 4-0, 4-2 before losing to second seeds James Blair and Mats Colling in the three set final 5-4(3), 4-5(5), 10-5.
Harry Feast competed in the 18U Boys Singles and beat Paddy Thorne in the first round 7-6(1), 7-5 but then lost in the quarters against third seed Colling 6-2, 6-1. Feast also played in the 16U Boys Singles along with Ollie Brown but unfortunely both boys were knocked out in the first round by Egan Daborn and George Copplestone 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(3) and 6-2, 6-2 respectively.
9U Mixed Doubles champions Cummings and Cole won all four of their matches on their way to winning the title. They beat James Graham/Noelle Elrick 10-2, Dillon James Bowden/Cameron Jeffries Keel 10-1, Ellis Fox/Riley Webb 10-3 and Aleksija Blow/Amalia Sargent 10-2. Cummings and club mate Dylan Cooper Kirby were runners-up in the 10U Mixed Doubles event after beating Malgorzata Krajewski/Florence Savory 4-1, Thomas Allen-Green/Dennis Dimov 4-2 and Cole/Felix Inglis 5-1.
Cummings was also runner-up in the 9U Boys Singles, after a bye in the first round he defeated William Vincent 7-2, 7-1 in round two, Marcin Kornijczuk 7-3, 7-3 in the quarters and Xinghan Zhao 7-2, 7-3 in the semis before losing in the final to wildcard Cole 7-5, 7-3. Nikesh Bomma also played in this event, after a bye in the first round he beat Riley Webb in round two 8-6, 7-0 but lost against eventual winner Cole in the quarters 7-5, 7-3.
Cummings and Cooper Kirby also both competed in the 10U Boys Singles. Cooper Kirby lost in the first round against Cole 5-3, 4-2 and Cummings beat Felix Inglis in the first round 4-1, 4-1 and was then knocked out in the quarters by Thomas Allen-Green 5-3, 4-1.
Congratulations to all the winners, runners-ups and everyone that entered this years County Championships 🙂