May In Pictures

IMG_2229Three Totally Tennis girls, Isla Hignett, Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow were part of the Hampshire & IOW 14 & under Girls County Cup who won the regional playoffs

4B546DB0-E5A5-426D-9017-8461A8984259The 2018 Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW) at the indoor centre

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The St. Mary’s A team won the annual Primary Schools Tournament

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Lots of fun was had at the May Half Term Tennis Camps

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Coach Jamie Jordan pictured with the 10 & under Team Tennis squad who were unlucky to lose their first away match against Portsmouth Tennis Academy

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The Hampshire Girls were unlucky at the National Finals in Nottingham

May’s Tennis Tips

Totally Tennis Girls Through To County Cup National Finals

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid were part of the victorious Hampshire & IOW team that won the 14 and under Girls County Cup 2018 regional playoffs over the long weekend.

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The girls were joined by fellow Hampshire players Hannah Smith, Anna Vinnell and Martyna Ciubatiuk that made up the team of six who competed against Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire in Box B. On the first day the girls won all their matches to beat Northamptonshire 6-0 and then went to win the doubles against Cambridgeshire that evening with Smith/Vinnell winning 6-1, 6-3 and Hignett/Reid winning 6-0, 6-4.
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The following day the team contested the singles matches against the Cambridgeshire  with Smith and Vinnell winning but as both Hignett and Bromilow lost the overall score was 4-2 to Hampshire. With two wins the team in the group stages the team qualified for the regional play offs against Shropshire, who were the winners of Box A, on Bank Holiday Monday.
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In the singles Smith, Vinell and Hignett all recorded wins with only Bromilow unlucky with her result but with a 3-1 scoreline going into the doubles matches the team only needed one more win. Number one player Smith picked up an injury so Hignett/Vinnell were the top pairing and won 6-2, 6-1 and with Bromilow/Reid also winning 7-6(3) 6-2 it was 5-1 overall to the Hampshire team and qualification for the National Finals!
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The girls will now compete in those National Finals in Nottingham later this month over the weekend of 18th-20th May – Congratulations Girls 😉
Photos used with courtesy of Donella Hignett.

Hignett Represents Hampshire in the Men’s County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire as part of the Men’s Winter County Cup team in the fixture played at David Lloyd Southampton last weekend.  Second seed Hignett (wearing orange shorts below) joined team members Jake Norris, George Houghton, Ryan Golesworthy, Joshua Gook, Edward Percival, Paul Scullard, Harry Wilmott-Stanton and Michael Johnson to compete in Group 3b. The team, captained by Julian Godfrey (pictured below with the team), played against teams from Dorset (Friday), South Wales (Saturday) and Derbyshire on Sunday.

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On Friday Dorset beat Hampshire 5-4 overall. Hignett won his singles match beating Benjamin Battey 6-2, 6-0 along with Norris, Scullard and Johnson who all also won to give the team a 4-2 lead going into the doubles. Unfortunately Hignett and Norris lost in their doubles against Battey and Adam Glynn in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 0-1(9) as did pairing Houghton/Scullard and Gook/Johnson so Dorset won the first tie.

Things did not quite go to plan again on Saturday with the strong South Wales team winning 7-2 overall and all six Hampshire players recording a loss in their singles matches. Golesworthy/Houghton and Johnson/Percival both won their doubles to claw back 2 points but Hignett/Gook lost 6-1, 6-0 against Craig Evans/Christopher Lewis.

There was everything to play for on the final day in the fixture against Derbyshire but things didn’t go in the Hampshire teams favour with another narrow 5-4 loss. Hignett won his singles against Bradley Buckland 6-0, 6-2, Houghton and Johnson also secured singles victories so it was level pegging. Hignett/Norris were the only pair to secure a doubles result against Buckland/Dennis Archer 6-3, 6-1. Golesworthy/Houghton and Johnson/Scullard both lost their matches.

After an unsuccessful weekend on the scoresheet despite some really good matches the Hampshire team will now be relegated to Group 4a. South Wales won the fixture and will be promoted to Group 3a.

National Finals For Hampshire Girls

Totally Tennis Mini Performance player Isla Hignett was part of the Hampshire 10 and under County Cup team that travelled to Bolton over the weekend to compete in the Aegon National Finals after winning Group F in Hove last month (read story here).

imageTotally Tennis Mini Performance Player Isla Hignett represented Hampshire in the National Finals

The girls team of Hannah Smith, Eliza Wheeler, Rina Hayamizu, Anna Vinnell and Hignett competed against teams from Staffordshire, Suffolk and Cornwall in Group B of the competition. On the first day the team played against Staffordshire and lost 6-2 overall with Hayamizu the only player to win her singles beating Adeola Greatovex 4-1, 4-1. Wheeler and Smith lost their matches against Samantha Tsvamuno 4-2, 5-3 and Elise Dennis 5-3, 4-2 respectively. In the doubles Dennis/Tsvamuno beat Wheeler/Smith in the third set tie-break 5-3, 1-4, 1-0(4).

imageThe 10 and under Girls Hampshire County Cup team with coach Karim

Unfortunely the same happened against Suffolk in the second match on the first day when they also beat Hampshire 6-2. This time Smith was the only player to win her singles match beating Isabelle Eaton 0-4, 4-2, 1-0 (8). Hayamizu lost to Justice Hall 5-4 (5), 4-2 and Maddie McLoughlin beat Wheeler 4-2, 4-0. Eaton/McLoughlin then defeated Smith/Vinnell again in the third set tie-break in the doubles match 1-4, 4-2, 1-0(9).

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On the second day the team faced Cornwall who had also already lost to Staffordshire and Suffolk. The girls won 8-0 with Hignett beating Harriet Bradley 4-0, 4-0, Wheeler defeating Holly Drew 4-2, 4-2 and Smith winning against Daisy Chapman 4-0, 4-0 in the singles. Hayamizu/Vinnell beat Chapman/Drew 4-1, 4-2 in the doubles and the team finished in third place in the Group B with Staffordshire winning overall.

imageQuick pep talk for Isla with coach Karim before her singles

The teams then competed in the group playoffs where Group A winners Middlesex played Staffordshire to decide the overall National champion. Hampshire faced Warwickshire for the 5/6th play-off match, who had also finished in third place in Group A. The girls secured fifth place with a 6-2 scoreline after winning all three singles matches. Hayamizu beat Amelia Perrin-Tilt 4-0, 4-2, Wheeler beat Lucy Gribben 4-0, 4-2 and Smith defeated Mary Hoggard 4-2, 4-2. Hignett/Vinnell were unlucky in the doubles losing to Hoggard/Gribben in three sets 4-1, 3-5, 1-0 (8) but it did not affect the final result. The overall National placings were as follows from first to last, Middlesex, Staffordshire, Lancashire, Suffolk, Hampshire, Warwickshire, Cheshire and Cornwall.

imageAn exhausting weekend for Isla fast asleep with team mascot HARIE (Hannah, Anna, Rina, Isla, Eliza) on the way home.

Donella Hignett, who accompanied daughter Isla to Bolton said “We enjoyed getting to know the other girls and parents and all had an enjoyable weekend staying in Bolton. Finishing in 5th place out of 8 teams was a good result. The girls all supported each other well.”