Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett finished off his fantastic summer of tennis by winning the 16 and under Boys singles title at the annual Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships 2015.
In the Grade 3 annual event held at the Winchester Racquets And Fitness club, Hignett who is still just 15, had a bye in the first round and then defeated James Blair in the second round 6-2, 6-3, followed by Noah Bradwell 6-2, 6-1 in the quarter finals and then Matthew Whitehead 6-1, 6-0 in the semis, In the final he beat Zizheng Jin 6-3, 6-2 to win the event and collect his trophy, winners medal and a £40 Amazon voucher. Club mates Miles Bromilow and Alex Dawson also played in the event. Bromilow also had a bye in the first round but lost in the second round against Colling 6-2, 4-6 [1-0](8). Dawson won his first round match against Ned Timms 6-0, 6-0 and then lost to Jin in the second round 6-2, 6-2.
All three boys then competed in the 18 and under Boys singles. Again Hignett had a bye in round one and then beat Mats Colling 6-2, 6-1 in round two, Liam Seager 6-0, 6-3 in the quarters and Austin Gwilliam in the semis 6-3, 6-3. He finished as runner-up after losing to George Houghton who is two years older in the well fought final 2-6, 6-4 [1-0] (6). He received a medal and £25 Amazon voucher. After a bye i round one Bromilow won his second round match against James Blair 6-1, 2-6 [1-0] (5) but then lost to Gwilliam in the quarters 7-5, 6-0. Dawson also had a first round bye then lost to William Coward 6-2, 6-0 in the second round.
Donella Hignett, Liam’s mum said, “Liam won the first set of the 18 and under singles 6-2, then lost the second set 6-4 and the 10 point tie break was level at 6-6 but George was the victor 10-6. Liam was flagging slightly toward the end having just played the 16s final. He knew he would have a better chance in the 16’s so he was glad he played that first and I think he surprised himself how close the match was with George.”Hignett also played in the Boys doubles in both age groups. In the 16’s he partnered Whitehead in the round robin event and Bromilow played with Dawson. Hignett/Whitehead beat Bromilow/Dawson 4-2, 5-5(5), Colling/Harry Dunnett 4-1, 1-4 [1-0](5), Hugh Wilkinson/Thomas Woodcock 4-0, 4-0 and finished as overall runners-up after losing against Gwilliam/Bradwell 5-3, 4-1. Bromilow/Dawson beat Wilkinson/Woodcock 4-0, 4-0 and Colling/Dunnett 4-2, 5-3 but lost to Gwilliam/Bradwell 5-4(6), 4-1 to finish in third place. In the 18’s event, Hignett played with former Totally Tennis player Ryan Goldsworthy and they finished in third place overall after losing to eventual winners Houghton/Seager 4-1, 4-0 in the semi-finals.
After the presentations Hignett started playing in the Men’s event. He won his first round match against David Darrock 6-2, 6-4 and then the quarter-final match against Harry Wilmott-Stanton 6-1, 6-4 which put him in the semi-final against Gwilliam, whom he defeated 6-4, 6-2. He finished a very respectable runner-up after losing in the final to Zander Woodford-Smith 6-3, 7-5. He received a babolat towel and £20 cash for his efforts. Congratulations Liam on a fantastic performance in all the five events you entered.