Winchester Doubles Title for Liam

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett won the Open Mens Doubles title at the Winchester MANTIS Open 2019 with partner William Coward earlier this week.

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In the event held at the Winchester Racquets and Fitness the pair, who were top seeds, had a bye in the quarters top seeds and then beat William Farnfield and William Jones 6-2, 6-0 in the semi finals. In the finals Hignett and Coward defeated Andrew Gorvin and Dominic Pearson 3-6, 7-6(6), 1-0(6) to win the title.

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Congratulations Liam and William.

World Tennis News: Alexander Zverev Wins ATP Finals

Twenty-one year old Alexander Zverev from Germany stunned tennis fans worldwide when he outclassed world number one Novak Djokovic to win the 2018 season-ending ATP Finals at the O2 in London on Sunday.

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Third seed Zverev stopped hot favourite Djokovic, who at 31 is ten years his senior, winning his sixth ATP finals title beating him in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Earlier in the round-robin stage of the competition he had lost to Djokovic in straight sets but then he beat Roger Federer in the semis which obviously gave him the confidence that he needed to win the event.

Zverev has made history in may ways by winning this event, firstly he is the first German player to win since Boris Becker in 1985 and the youngest champion since Djokovic in 2008. He is also the first player to beat both the top two seeds in the semi-finals and final since Andre Agassi in 1990 and the first player to beat both Djokovic and Federer in the same ATP Finals.

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Mike Bryan and new partner Jack Sock (previously played with brother Bob who has a hip injury) won the doubles title in a thrilling final coming back from a set down to clinch victory against French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 5-7, 6-1, 13-11.

Information and photos sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/ and Getty Images.

Hignett wins Champion of Doubles Champions 2017

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett won the Men’s Hampshire & IOW Champion of Doubles Champions 2017 with partner Jake Norris in Southampton.

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In the first round the pair, who were top seeds and representing Warsash Tennis Club, won all their matches in the group stages. They beat Adrian Allsopp and Chris Titterington 4-0, 4-0 followed by Aaronn Blackman and Scott Salway 4-2, 4-2, and Henry and Tom Forsyth 4-0, 4-0. In the main draw they defeated Jonathan Clift and Harry Wilmott-Stanton 4-2, 4-2 and Chris Bixley and Jake Macey 4-1, 5-3 to win the title.

Congratulations Boys!

 

 

World Tennis News: Jamie Murray Wins US Open Doubles Title

The final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open is finishing today with the Men’s singles final taking place at Flushing Meadows, New York on the day the city honours those who lost their lives in 9/11.

British doubles number one Jamie Murray made history yesterday becoming the first British man for forty four  years to win the US Open doubles title with his partner Bruno Soares from Brazil. Fourth seeds Murray and Soares, who won the Australian Open in January, won their second Grand Slam title after beating unseeded pairing Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez from Spain in the final 6-2, 6-3.

British number one, world number two and double Olympic gold medal winner Andy Murray did not fare quite so well as his brother after being knocked out in the quarter finals. Second seed Murray, who won the event in 2012, was hoping to add the US Open title to his Wimbledon title but he made his earliest Grand Slam exit of 2016 after being defeated by Kei Nishikori from Japan in five sets 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic will play third seed Stan Wawrinka in tonight’s final. Djokovic will be hoping to win his third US Open and thirteenth Grand Slam while opponent Wawrinka is aiming for his third Grand Slam trophy and his first title in New York.

In other British Tennis news, twenty-one year old Kyle Edmund defeated two seeds to reach the last sixteen of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career before being stopped in his tracks by defending champion Djokovic 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

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In the women’s event Angelique Kerber from Germany beat Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic in the final 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to win the title adding to her Australian Open Grand Slam win at the start of this year. Defending champion Serena Williams was defeated in the semis by Pliskova.

British number one and thirteenth seed Johanna Konta was knocked out after reaching the last sixteen by Anastasia Sevastova from Latvia 6-4, 7-5. In round one she defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-3 followed by Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 and Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1. Heather Watson lost in the first round against Richèl Hogenkamp 6-2, 7-5

First two photos used courtesy of www.lta.org.uk and let two photos used courtesy of Getty Images via www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/

 

Doubles Title For Hignett in Dorset Tournament

Totally Tennis Performance player Liam Hignett and partner Louis Allen were crowned Men’s Open Doubles champions at the Frost & Co Dorset Open 2016 (formerly the Dorset Open) held at the East Dorset Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Poole.

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After a bye in the quarter finals the boys defeated Charlie Newman and Benjamin Vulliamy in the semis 6-3, 6-4  and Patrik Hyde and Billy Wright in the final 6-4, 6-2 to win the event. In the Men’s Open singles Hignett, who was seeded fourth, lost in the semi finals to top seed and eventual winner Alex White 6-1, 6-2. On route to the semis he beat Wright 6-4, 6-2 in the second round and fifth seed David Brehme in the quarters 7-6(5), 6-1. Third seed and doubles partner Allen also lost in the semis to second seed Millen Huron 7-6(6), 6-4.

In the 18U Boys Doubles Hignett and Allen finished as  runners-up  after beating Newman and Vulliamy 6-3, 6-2 but losing to Hyde and Wright in a very close match 6-3, 2-6, 13-15.

Congratulations Liam!

World Tennis News: Wawrinka Wins Dubai Tennis Championships

World number four and second seed Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland was crowned the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships winner after beating Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the final 6-4, 7-6 (15-13).

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French Open champion, Wawrinka saved five set points in a tense tie-break against Baghdatis that thrilled the crowds. The victory was Wawrinka’s ninth straight final win and his second ATP World Tour title of the year after he won the Chennai title in January. Semi-final opponent Nick Kyrgios retired with a back injury giving Wawrinka a pass through to the final. In a tournament shocker, World Number One and four time Dubai champion Novak Djokovic had been forced to retire during his quarter final match against Feliciano Lopez due to an ongoing eye problem.

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In the women’s event Sara Errani defeated Barbora Strycova 6-0, 6-2 in the final to become the first Italian player to win the Dubai Women’s title. Fourth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor won the Men’s Doubles title beating the unseeded pairing of Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-1 in the final. The Women’s doubles title was won by Darija Jurak and Chia-Jung Chuang.

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World Tennis News: US Open Winners

There’s is a new name on the men’s US Open trophy this year as 25-year-old Marin Cilic defeated Kei Nishikori convincingly in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to win his first Grand Slam title. Fourteenth seed Cilic is the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam title since his coach Goran Ivanisevic, who won Wimbledon back in 2001.

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Top seed Serena Williams won her third consecutive and sixth overall US Open title beating tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 in the final . This latest victory gives Williams, 32 her eighteenth Grand Slam title and moves her to joint-fourth place in the list of all-time major winners, alongside tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

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World number one Doubles pair the Bryan twins, Bob and Mike won their 100th title Men’s Doubles title at the US Open beating Marcel Granollers/March Lopez in the final 6-3, 6-4.  The Women’s title was won by Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina who defeated Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta in three sets 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares won the Mixed Doubles title beating Abigail Spears/Santiago Gonzalez 6-1, 2-6, 11-9.

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Information and photos sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/