Girls Win Premier 14 & U Aegon Team Tennis League

The Totally Tennis performance players have been completing in the Aegon Team Tennis Premier league in a series of home and away fixtures. The girls 14 & under team have won the Premier 14&U Girls Tier 2 South West (East) League after drawing on points with second place Woking but winning on number of games won.

The team of Tillie Reid (3), Kirsty Da Silva (4), Isla Hignett (1), Jasmin Bromilow (2) got off to a tricky start after losing their first fixture in the  against Woking LTC 8-4. Bromilow was the only player to win her singles 6-4-6, 6-2 and with partner Hignett their won their doubles match 6-3, 6-3. The additional two member son the team are Amberley Chapman and Atinuke Adelakun.

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The girls then had a tense fixture against Oxtails Tennis Club were they won on a shoot out after the scoreline was tied. Bromilow and Reid both won their singles 6-1, 6-3 and 6-2, 6-4 respectively but Hignett and Da Silva lost, in the doubles that followed Reid/Da Silva won their match in three sets 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 to secure victory for the team after Hignett/Bromilow were beaten.

In their final fixture played at the weekend in Oxford, the girls beat White Horse 8-4. Hignett and Reid won their singles 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-3 respectively but with Bromilow and Da Silva losing the score was level. In the doubles Hignett/Bromilow won in three sets 6-3, 2-6, 11-9 and Reid/Da Silva won 6-4, 6-4 to secure overall victory.

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Donella Hignett said “The team finished as winners in the premier division, with Woking finishing in second place.  This is the first time the girls have played in the premier league, so it’s an amazing result.”

Congratulations girls 🙂

The Totally Tennis 18 & under boys team of Dylan Allenby-Ryan, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson, Liam Hignett and Josh Lawson have been competing in the Premier 18 & Under Boys (Tier 2 – South East). The boys lost in their first fixture against Westside Lawn Tennis Club (LTC) 8-4 with only Hignett and Bromilow winning their singles matches. They bounced back to beat Woking Lawn Tennis Club (LTC) 10 – 2 with Hignett, Bromilow and Allenby-Ryan all winning their singles and the team winning both doubles matches. The team’s next fixture is against DL Raynes Park.

Aegon Team Tennis is a singles based team competition that provides players of all ages (8&U – Open) with regular league matches, against similar standard players in a competitive team environment. A total of 6,158 teams from over 1,050 venues are playing in Aegon Team Tennis 2017, last year there were a record number of 9,837 fixtures completed across the country. The Premier 12U-18U tier provides the opportunity for teams to compete outside of their county on a regional and national level. This allows stronger players and teams to play in a more appropriate league. Teams are accepted to the Premier 12U-18U events based on the ratings of nominated players at entry stage, there are three age groups 12U, 14U and 18U.

 

Two Trophies For Tillie

Even when visiting her grandparents in Devon for the Easter holidays performance player Tillie Reid still managed to win not one but two trophies to add to her collection.

image1-15Sherfield School tennis scholar Reid competed in the Grade 4 North Devon Spring Open 14U Girls singles and doubles events in the tournament held at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple. After a bye in the first round of the singles she beat Grace Vowles 4-0, 4-0 in the semi-finals and then won the final against Amelia Pirt 4-0, 4-1.\

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The following day she joined forces with Pirt to compete in the doubles which was played in the round robin format. Together they defeated Evie Norris-Bishop/Ruby Davis 4-0, 4-0 followed by Katie Rowe/Martha Macdonald 4-1, 4-1 and then won the final against Lucy Ward/Vowles 4-0, 4-2 to collect the winners trophies.

Congratulations Tillie! What a great start to the summer season!

Winchester Open Runner’s Up Medal For Isla

Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett competed in the Girls 14U and 16U singles and doubles events at the Grade 3 Winchester Spring Open that took place last week at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club.
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In the 14U singles competition sixth seed Hignett had a bye in the first round and then beat Sienna May in the quarter finals 6-1, 6-2 and then Katy Jarvis in their three set semi final encounter 6-2, 0-6, 1-0(9). In the final Hignett was up against former Totally tennis teammate and third seed  Eliza Wheeler who won the match 6-2, 6-1 leaving Hignett collecting the runners-up prize. In the 16U singles Hignett lost to Alana Unitt in the quarter finals 6-3, 6-1 and she then lost in the consolation final match against Samyuktha Manoharan 6-1, 7-5.
Hignett then teamed up with Manoharan in the 16U doubles, they lost in the three set semi final match against another former Totally Tennis player Aisling Mcgrane and her partner Unitt 4-1, 3-5, 1-0(6). In the 14U doubles Hignett partnered club mate Tillie Reid   but they lost to Jessica Holloway/Sophia Huron 4-2, 4-1 and Migraine/Unitt 6-1, 6-1.
Donella Hignett (Isla’s mum) said, “Isla didn’t win a match in the 16Us singles or the 14Us doubles which she played with Tillie as the opponents were just too strong.  It was good experience though.”

World Tennis News: Murray Wins First Dubai Title

World and British number one Andy Murray won his first Dubai Duty Free Championship title after beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in straight sets in the final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

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Murray secured the title in just over an hour winning in two sets 6-3, 6-2. This is his first title of 2017 and his 45th career title which keeps him firmly at the top of the world ranking above nearest rival Novak Djokovic.

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In other news, big brother Jamie and his partner Bruno Soares won their first ATP doubles title of 2017 at the Mexican Open in Acapulco. The duo beat John Isner (USA) and Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-3 6-3 in the final to give them their fourth title, including the Australian Open, since they teamed up in 2016. In a shock defeat American Sam Querrey defeated second seed Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the Mexican Open men’s final 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

Photos and info sourced from www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/

 

 

 

Tennis Talk: Team GB Win Latest Davis Cup Tie

Team GB join Belgium, Serbia, USA, France and Australia in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas after they beat Canada 3-2 in this weekend’s fixture at the TD Place Arena in Ottawa.

It was all square after the first day of play with Team GB’s Dan Evans beating reigning junior Wimbledon champion Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 and Canadian Vasek Pospisil defeating Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(3). Day two saw Britain’s Jamie Murray and Dominic Ingot beat Canadian pairing of Daniel Nestor and Pospisil in a tough four set clash 7-6(1), 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-3 giving Team GB a 2-1 lead going into the final day of singles matches.

Evans lost against hard hitting Pospisil 7-6(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)so it was all square with the scores back level at 2-2. The fate of Team GB lay in the hands of Edmund who was playing against Shapovalov. In a bizarre moment of madness Shapovalov was defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct after striking the ball at the umpire and Edmund, who was already two sets in the lead, won the match 6-3, 6-4, 2-1 and overall victory for the British players.

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Third seeds Team GB will now travel to France in April to compete in the quarter-finals against the host nation who are sixth seeds. In a shock defeat top seeds Russia were knocked out by eighth seeds Serbia who now face Spain, Italy will play Belgium and Australian take on Team USA.

For more information about the Davis Cup visit www.daviscup.com. Photo used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk

World Tennis News: Australian Open 2017

This week saw the start of the first Grand Slam of 2017, the Australian Open in Melbourne that runs from 16th until 29th January. World and British number one Andy Murray is top seed in this years Men’s singles draw and he is looking to add this title, that has so far eluded him even though he’s been in the final five times) to his ever growing collection. Standing in his way is defending champion Novak Djokovic who beat Murray in the 2016 final to claim his sixth Australian Open crown.

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In the first round Murray beat Illya Marchenko from the Ukraine in three sets 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to set up a second round clash with Russian Andrey Rublev which he also won 6-3, 6-0, 6-2. He will now face thirty-first seed Sam Querrey from America in the third round on Djokovic beat Fernando Verdasco in the first round and now faces Denis Isthmian in round two.

World number nine Rafael Nadal, who hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since 2014, defeated Florian Mayer from Germany 6-3, 6-4 ,6-4, he now faces Marcos Baghdatis. Four time champion Roger Federer has progressed to the third round after beating Jurgen Melter 7-5,  3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

In other British players news, Dan Evans beat Facundo Bagnis from Argentina 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, 6-1 and then pulled off a shock four set defeat of seventh seed and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, he will now face either twenty-seventh seed Bernard Tomic from Australia or Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic. Kyle Edmund beat Columbian Santiago Giraldo in his first round match 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 but Aljaz Bedene lost in round one against Victor Estrella Burgos in four sets 7-6 (9-7), 7-5, 0-6, 6-3.

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In other shock news Australian Nick Kyrgios, seeded fourteenth, was knocked in round two after he was beaten by Italy’s Andreas Seppi. Tempestaous Kyrgios (who received warnings from the umpire) lost his two set lead against the fifty-ninth seed and crashed out of his home tournament after losing the five-set marathon 1-6, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4 , 6-2, 10-8.

Defending women’s champion Angelique Kerber from Germany didn’t have an easy start to this year’s tournament after dropping a set in her first round match against Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 and will now play Kristyna Pliskova in the next round. Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams is hoping to win her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne and get her 2017 campaign off to a good start beating Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-3.

British number one and ninth seed Johanna Konta who made it to the semi-final last year beat Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium 7-5, 6-2 in round one and will next play against Japan’s Naomi Osaka. In her first round singles match Heather Watson beat eighteenth seed Samantha Stosur from Australia 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 but lost in the doubles first round with fellow Brit Naomi Broady against Italy’s Karin Knapp and Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5). Brady lost in the singles against Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 4-6, 5-7.

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Defending Men’s Doubles champions Brit Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares from Brazil are second seeds in this year’s competition, they face USA pairing of Query and Donald Young in the first round.
Featured image used courtesy of www.ausopen.com. All other images used courtesy of www.bbc.com/sport/live/tennis/

Tennis Talk: Murray Magic

2016 has been a fantastic year for Andy and Jamie Murray as they become the first brothers to end the year as Barclays ATP World Tour singles and doubles team number ones.

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Andy finishes the year as Wimbledon champion, Olympic gold medal winner, ATP singles finals champion and World Number One. Jamie has won both the Australian and US Open Grand Slam titles with new partner Bruno Soares and the duo have ended the year as the number one doubles team in the world.

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In a tense clash Andy beat former number one Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday at The O2 to keep his world number one ranking heading into 2017. This latest victory gave Murray his career-best winning run of 24 matches and ended Djokovic’s four-year run of success at season closing event and his bid to equal the six titles of Roger Federer.

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On route to the final Murray played some intense and exhausting matches beating Kei Nishikori 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 6-4, Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2 and Milos Raonic 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (11-9). In the doubles, Jamie and Soares lost to fellow first-timers Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram in the semi-finals 6-1, 6-4 but still ended 2016 as the top team in the world. Murray’s former partner John Peers and his new partner Henri Kontinen won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles final during their debut at The O2 defeating Klaassen and Ram 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 to clinch the title.

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Photos used courtesy of www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/en