Isla Wins at the Bradfield Open

Performance player Isla Hignett won the 18 and under Girls singles title at Bradfield 2018 May Open last Friday. The Grade 4 event, which was held on the Bradfield Tennis Club’s clay courts, was played in the compass fast 4 format.


Second seed Hignett was joined in the draw by club mate Tillie Reid and former club mate Nina Williams. In the quarters Hignett beat Marta Poriete 4-1, 4-1followed by Reid in the semis 4-0, 4-1 and then defeated top seed Maisie Smith in three sets in the final  2-4,4-2,10-1 to win the event and ass yet  another trophy to her growing collection.


Reid beat Williams in the quarters 4-0, 4-2 and finished a very respectable fourth overall after losing to  Sofia Lejonvarn 4-1, 4-0 in the third/fourth playoff match.  Williams went on to win the consolation event.


Isla’s mum Donella said ‘ “Isla played really well and although she had lost the first set 4-2 in the final, she pulled it back in the second set to win 4-2 and played an awesome tie break to win 10-1.”

Club mate Kirsty Da Silva was top seed in the 14 and under Girls singles event where she lost in the quarters against eventual winner Serena Manca in three sets 3-4(2), 4-3(1), 10-5.




Third Place for Gevin at Bradfield

Totally Tennis mini tennis player Gevin Chendhilkumar came third in the 9 & under Mixed Singles at last weekend’s Bradfield Orange tournament held at the Bradfield Tennis Centre.


In the initial round robin Gevin competed in Group C winning two of of his three matches to finish as runner-up and progress to the main draw. He beat third seed Sienna Minton 10-5,  Zayn Bellazrak 10-2 but lost to Ruby Marriage 10-6. Twin brother Guhan was playing in Group A where he beat Joshua Date 10-4, had a walkover against  O’Nielle Emanuel and was beaten by top seed Gabriel Riminton 10-7.


In the main draw Gevin was also defeated by eventual winner Riminton in the semis 10-3 but won the third/fourth play deciding match beating Marriage 10-6 to finish in third place overall.

Well done Gevin!



Tillie Takes Top Honours

Mini Performance player Tillie Reid  won the 10 and under Girls Singles title at the Grade 4 Bradfield Junior Winter Open held at the Bradfield Tennis Club at the weekend photo-39In the main draw, Reid beat second seed Natalie Bell in the quarter-finals 5-3, 4-0 followed by Isabelle Ganter in the semis 4-5(9), 4-2, 10-8 and then won the final 3-2 against Liliana Fleming who was forced to retire.

Jamie Jordan  who coaches Tillie said “Tillie played outstanding at the Bradfield event and deserved to win the tournament!” he added “She has had a few frustrating months at tournaments and has been very unlucky but this has made her more determined and she has trained even harder to get where she needs to be! Well done Tillie I’m a very proud coach!”

Fellow Mini Performance player Nina Williams also played in the event coming up against the top seed Zara Burney in the quarterfinals losing 4-2, 5-4(5) and then played in the consolation semi-finals losing against Martyna Ciubatiuk 4-0, 4-0.

Hignett’s Half Term Trophy Haul

Brother and sister Liam and Isla Hignett both came away with trophies from the Grade 4 Bradfield Junior Winter Open 2013 Tournament, held at Bradfield Tennis Club, over the half term holidays last week.

Competing in the 10 and under Girls Singles, Isla played good, confident tennis to win her semi-final match against Lauren Paris-Jones 4-0, 4-0, after a bye in the first round. In the final, she beat Alice Hodges convincingly  4-0, 4-0 and was presented with her first winners trophy (having only received medals in previous tournaments).

photo 1-2A proud Isla with her first winners trophy

Older brother Liam played in the 14 and Under Boys Singles event and after also receiving a bye in the first round, he beat Edwin Lau 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter finals followed by a victory over Ethan Chow  6-1, 7-5 in their semi-final encounter.  In the final, things did not go quite so smoothly with a three set battle against Oliver Okonkwo. Losing the first set 6-4, Liam fought back to bring the match to all square, winning the second set 7-5 but lost out in the third set tie-break 10-7, to finish in second place overall and take home the runners-up trophy.

photo 2Brother and sister, Liam and Isla with their Bradfield Trophies

Fellow performance player Kirsty Da Silva also competed in the Bradfield event, playing in the 8 and under Mixed Singles event. She progressed to the main draw after winning all her matches in Group A in the round robin stages. She defeated Steffi Swanson 13-11, Tom Harris 10-7, Arron Hodges 10-5 and Thomas Silvester Ratcliffe 10-4. In the semi-final she lost to Thomas Silvester Ratcliffe 10-7 and finished in fourth place after Daniel Mackley won their third/fourth play off match 10-5.

Head Coach James McIntosh said “Isla played really well to win her event and claim her first, of I am sure many trophies. A sterling effort from Liam and Kirsty too in their events with lots of good match wins. Competing in external competitions is an important part of a players growth and development and these three players are always motivated to compete in lots of tournaments with some great results.”