Runners-up Medal for Isla at the Eastleigh Open

Performance player Isla Hignett played in the 16 & under girls singles at the Eastleigh Open 2019, held at the David Lloyd Club in Southampton, finishing in the runner-up spot.

Second seed Hignett had a bye in the first round and then beat Daisy Doherty 6-1, 6-1 in the quarters and fourth seed Isabella Hope in the semis 6-1, 6-2 before losing in the final against third seed Nora Khediri 6-3, 7-5. In the 16 and under Girls Doubles Hignett and partner Tillie Reid defeated Olivia Higgs and Polina Ivanushkina in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 but lost out in the semis to top seeds Helen Coomber and Amelia Monteith 4-1, 4-0. Reid also competed in the singles but lost in the first round against Scarlett Doman 6-1, 6-0. 


In the 12 & under boys singles Hayden Cummings lost in the first round against second seed Olivier Paris 7-6(2), 6-1. He also played in the 12 & under Boys Doubles with partner Oliver Rycroft  losing in the quarters to Jack Ford and Henry Hughes 4-2, 4-2. The pair were runners-up in the 12 & under Boys Doubles consolation event after losing to Thomas Hargreave and Noah Mayers in the final 4-2,2-4, 10-6.



Another Title For Cummings

Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings won the 10 and Under Mixed title at the South West Summer County Tour held at David Lloyd Southampton at the beginning of the month.


In the group stages, Cummings won Box C beating Zoe Totolici 4-1 and Thomas Allen-Green 4-0. Club mates Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar played in Box A and B respectively and both won and lost a match so all three boys progressed to the main draw.

In the quarter finals, Cummings defeated Guhan 4-0 and Kevin lost to Group D winner Oliver Cole 4-2. Cummings then beat Aleksander Kudla 4-0 in the semis and Finley Betteridge-Hanson 4-2 in the final to win the tournament.

Congratulations Hayden!

Photo used with courtesy of jamiejordantennis

Totally Tennis Girls Reach County Cup National Finals

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid were all part of the Hampshire & IOW team that played in the 14U County Cup 2018 National Finals held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.


Fellow Hampshire players Hannah Smith, Anna Vinnell and Martyna Ciubatiuk made up the team of six who had previously won the 14 and under Girls County Cup 2018 regional playoffs at the beginning of May. The girls travelled up to Nottingham to compete in the 3-day finals event from 18th – 20th May along with team captain Fiona and vice-captain Taz wearing team hoodies provided by Mantis Sport.

The Hampshire girls were competing in Box B against teams from Surrey, Avon and Lancashire. On the first day the girls faced second seeds Surrey in the morning fixture and lost 5-1 with only Smith managing to win her singles 7-5, 6-4. Things didn’t get much better in the afternoon with another 5-1 loss against Avon with the pairing of Ciubatiuk/Vinnell winning their three set doubles match 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

On the second day the girls faced Lancashire and even though they had another loss it was a better 4-2 scoreline with Smith winning her singles 6-1, 6-0 and Hignett/Smith winning their doubles match 6-4, 6-4.


The team finished fourth in their box and on the last day they played the team from Leicestershire who finished fourth in Box A. The Hampshire girls won the match 4-2 overall with Smith, Bromilow and Vinnell all winning their singles matches and Smith/Vinnell winning their doubles 6-4, 6-4 to end on a positive note. The Hampshire team finished in seventh place overall and top seeds Middlesex were crowned the 2018 winners.

Commiserations girls – better luck next year 😉

Read more about the girls regional win in previous post Totally Tennis Girls Through To County Cup National Finals


Another Trophy For Hignett

Performance player and Sherfield Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett and partner Freya Davies won the second annual Chris Whiting Annual Mixed Doubles Cup played at David Lloyd in Southampton and sponsored by HRG Tree Services.


In the round robin event Hignett/Davies (2017 winner with partner Austin Gwilliam) won all of their matches beating Jamie Donaghy/Kelly Burge, Mats and Summer Colling  and a third pairing in their group.   Each pair played eight games and each game won counted as a point.  As Hignett and Davies won their box they qualified for the main draw where they played the runners up of Box 3 in a full set and won 6-1.

In the semis they beat Harry Wilmott-Stanton and his partner Arianna Kennedy 6-1 to secure their place in the finals where they faced former Totally Tennis players Esther Adeshina and Ryan Golesworthy. They won the match 6-3 to win the event overall, collect the huge trophy and some prize money.


Men’s Singles Title for Hignett at Eastleigh

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won the Open Men’s Singles title at the Eastleigh Open 2016 held at the Virgin Active Hampshire Health and Racquets Club in Southampton this weekend.


After a bye in the first round third seed Hignett beat doubles partner Ryan Hutchinson 6-4, 6-2 in round two, eighth seed Ben Patten 6-4, 6-2 in the quarter-finals and seventh seed Corey Nicholls in the semis 6-3, 6-3. In the final he faced second seed Freddie Powell whom he beat 7-5, 6-1 to win the title. Totally Tennis teammate and fellow Sherfield School tennis scholar Miles Bromilow also competed in the event beating  Oliver Deacock in the first round 6-2, 6-1 but was sadly defeated in round two by Powell 6-3, 6-4. 


In the Open Men’s Doubles, Hignett and Hutchinson lost in the semi-finals to second seeds Oliver Ikonkwo and Callum Rendle 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 10-4. Top seeds Powell and Patten won the event and Hignett/Hutchinson finished in third place overall after winning the third/fourth place playoff against Deaconk/Guy Taylor 6-2, 6-0.

Bromilow also competed in the 18U Boys singles beating Mats Colling in round one 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 followed by fourth seed Darius Perkins in the quarters  7-5, 6-2 but lost in three sets in the semis against Hutchinson  6-3, 0-6, 10-6. He finished in third place overall after he defeated James Blair in the third/fourth place playoffs 6-3, 3-6, 12-10.

Congratulations Boys!


Girls Contest Road To Wimbledon County Final

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Jasmin Bromilow played in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Hampshire & IOW County 14 U Girls Singles final held in Southsea after finishing winner and runner-up respectively in the club event last month.
Even though the windy conditions made it tricky, Hignett won her first match convincingly 4-0, 4-0 against Poppy Marston but then faced top seed and last year’s winner Estella Hurlock in her next match where she was beaten by the older and higher rated player 4-0, 4-0.  Second seed Bromilow beat Imogen Sillitoe 4-0, 4-0 in her first match and Chloe Tarling in the quarter finals 5-3, 4-o but lost in the semis to Mia Gerty 4-2, 5-3. Hurlock then beat Gerty in the final 4-0, 5-3 to progress to the next stage and play at Wimbledon next month.
Isla and her dog Lilly enjoying Southsea Beach after the tournament had finished
Donella Hignett (Isla’s mum) said of the event “It was played at the Southsea Tennis Club which is closer to the beach on hard courts as the grass wasn’t ready.  It was extremely windy making conditions quite tricky.” she added “Both girls received bottles and headbands as participation prizes.
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon competition is the biggest junior tournament in British Tennis and gives all 14 and under players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their junior players and Totally Tennis is a keen supporter of this annual tournament having had many squad players get through to play at SW19 in the past including Hignett’s older brother Liam.

County Cup Call-Up For Two Totally Tennis Girls

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Jasmin Bromilow were selected to play in the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Girls 12 & under County Cup team last weekend. The girls competed against teams from Kent, Dorset, Surrey and Sussex in the tw0-day event held at The Weald Squash and Tennis Club in Hassocks, East Sussex last weekend.

Hignett and Bromilow were joined by ex-clubmate Eliza Wheeler along with Anna Vinnell and Martyna Ciubatiuk under the guidance of captain Fiona Nicolson. Hampshire number one seed Hannah Smith was unable to take part as she was playing in Italy representing Great Britain.

image4(Left to right) Jasmin, Martyna, Eliza, Isla, Anna and captain Fiona Nicholson 

On Saturday the Hampshire girls played two fixtures against Kent and Dorset. In the singles against Kent the team went 2-1 down with Wheeler beating Caitlin McLoughlin 4-1, 4-0 but Hignett losing to Sofia Johnson 4-0, 4-0 and Vinnell was beaten by Alaia Rubio Perez 4-1, 4-1. Unfortunately this run of luck continued in the Dorset fixture with the exact same scoreline after the singles, Wheeler battled in a three-set match against Kristina Paskauskas 4-0, 2-4, 6-10, Hignett was defeated by Romana Bari 4-0, 4-0 but Vinnell beat Mollie Edge in another three-set match 0-4, 4-2, 10-2. Rain stopped play so both the doubles were carried over to Sunday. As Wheeler was unable to play on Sunday due to a school trip and Vinnell was also absent due to a dance event it was left to Hignett, Bromilow and Ciubatiuk to finish up the competition.

image5The three remaining girls had a tough contest on the final day of play. In Sunday’s first fixture the girls played against Sussex and again the score was 2-1 after the singles with Hignett beating Sophia Rudko 5-3, 5-4 (4) but Bromilow lost a three set encounter against Stephanie Vieira 1-4, 4-1, 10-7 and Ciubatiuk was beaten by Evelyn Thomas 5-3, 4-0. In the final tie against Surrey all three girls were unlucky and were all defeated, Leah Gonzales Edwards beat Hignett 4-0, 4-1, Oriana Parkins-Godwin beat Bromilow 4-0, 4-1 and Lucy Webber defeated Ciubatiuk 4-1, 4-0. Due to the scoreline and time constraints the doubles was not played.

image3Isla, Martyna and Jasmin were the last girls standing on Sunday

Hignett and Bromilow paired up to contest the doubles beating Sussex pairing of Vieira and Thomas 5-4(7), 4-0 so with the score levelled to 2-2 it went to a ten point shoot out to decide the overall result which Sussex won 10-7. In the doubles against Dorset, Bromilow and  Ciubatiuk were defeated by Bari and her partner Milly Davis 4-2, 5-3.

Hignett’s mum Donella said “On the first day the weather disrupted play several times and both Eliza and Isla had to come off and on again, particularly tough for Eliza who had to come of a couple of times against Kristina including during a ten point match tie break.

She added, “So the team finished last but they all tried hard, played lots of matches and supported each other well.  Fiona was a great team captain.”

Thank you to Donella Hignett for the information and for all the great photos 🙂