Two Runner-Up Finishes for Bromilow in Liverpool

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield Tennis Scholar Miles Bromilow finished as runner-up in two events at this week’s Grade 3 HEAD Merseyside Tennis Open held at the Liverpool Tennis Centre.

In the 18 and under Boys singles event, Bromilow who was seeded third, beat James Griffin in the first round 6-3, 6-1 followed by  Zak Buchli-Sagoo in the quarters 6-1, 6-2. In the semis he defeated second seed  William Morley-Cotterell in three sets  6-7(3), 6-2, 12-10 before losing in the final to top seed  Harrison Birch 6-2, 6-2.

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Bromilow (pictured left) with winner Harrison Birch

It was a similar story in the Open Men’s Singles competition with top seed Birch beating third seed Bromilow in the final but this time in a much closer three set match 1-6, 6-2, 10-2. Bromilow also competed in the 18 and under Boys Doubles with partner Reuben Warwick finishing in joint third/fourth place. After a bye in the first round the boys lost in the semis to second seeds  Raza Ghaus/Samuel Reeve 4-0, 4-2.

Hignett Represents Hampshire in Men’s County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett, 16 represented Hampshire & IOW last weekend in the Aegon Men’s Winter County Cup held at the Shrewsbury Club. The team, who were playing in Group 3a of Division, were up against opponents from North Scotland, Sussex and Nottinghamshire.

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The Hampshire team just missed out on promotion as Nottinghamshire won the group overall with six points. On the first day Hampshire beat North Scotland convincingly 9-0 followed by an 8-1 victory against Sussex on day two but they were just pipped at the post 5-4 on the final day by the stronger Nottinghamshire team.

Hignett was number one seed for both his singles matches beating Michael Welsh (North Scotland) 6-2, 6-3 but losing against Marcus Walters (Nottinghamshire) 6-3, 6-3.

The Aegon Winter County Cup is a one-off event played over three days at the end of November. It’s the second oldest County Cup event that was first played in 1946. Surrey are the most successful county with their men’s team winning sixteen times and the ladies a record twenty-six times. The forty-four counties are placed in four counties per group per gender with Group 1 the premier division.

Tennis Talk: Success in China Open for Murray and Konta

It’s been a great week for the two British number ones Andy Murray and Johanna Konta with both players making it to the China Open finals in Beijing. Eleventh seed Konta has made it into the world’s top ten for first time in her career and finished as runner-up to World number three Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland who dominated the final winning her twentieth WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) title 6-4, 6-2.

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In the lead up to the final, Konta beat Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in the first round 6-1, 6-1 followed by Hungarian Tímea Babos 7-5, 6-2 in round two. In the third round Konta defeated Karolina Pliskova in three sets 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 and then China’s Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-0 in the quarters, she then booked her place in the final by beating eighth seed Madison Keys from the USA in three sets 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. 

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World number two, Murray was top seed and beat fifth seed David Ferrer from Spain in the semi-final cruising to victory 6-2, 6-3 in just ninety minutes. Murray will face Bulgaria’s Gregor Dimitrov today in the final at The National Stadium after Dimitrov’s semi-final opponent Milos Raonic had to retire with an ankle injury. In the quarter finals Murray beat fellow Brit Kyle Edmund 7-6, 6-2 after defeating Andrey Kuznetsov from Russia 6-2, 6-1 in round two and Italian Andreas Seppi 6-2, 7-5 in the first round.

Former world number one Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta won their first ATP World Tour doubles title together at the China Open. The Spanish duo beat American Jack Sock and his Australian partner Bernard Tomic 6-7(6), 6-2, 10-8 in the final.  Fifth seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the China Open Women’s doubles title upsetting the top seeds Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4.

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In other news World number fifteen Australian Nick Kyrgios won his third ATP singles title at the Japan open in Tokyo beating David Goffin from Belgium 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the final.

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

 

 

 

World Tennis News: The US Open winners are……

World number one Novak Djokovic won his second US Open and tenth Grand Slam title after beating old rival Roger Federer in the final held at Flushing Meadows that was initially delayed three hours because of rain. Djokovic won the title in four sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to finish this years tennis Grand Slam calendar winning an impressive three of the four tennis major titles. Men’s doubles champions were twelfth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut from France who beat Jamie Murray and John Peers 6-4, 6-4.

In the women’s event, Italian Flavia Pennetta defeated fellow Italian Roberta Vinci in the women’s singles final and then retired from professional tennis.

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza beat fourth seeds Casey Dellacqua/Yaroslava Shvedova in 6-3, 6-3 the final. Fourth seed Hingis also won the Mixed Doubles title with partner Leander Paes beating unseeded USA’s pairing Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

Photos used courtesy of www.usopen.org

World Tennis News: US Open Preview

The final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open starts tomorrow and will finish on Sunday 13th September. British number one and World Number three Andy Murray is third seed. Murray, who won the event held at Flushing Meadows in New York in 2012 is joined in the draw by British teammates Aljaz Bedene, James Ward, Heather Watson and Laura Robson.

t_BrooklynBridgeWorld number one Novak Djokovic is top seed and will face Joao Souza, Roger Federer is second seed after his Cincinnati Masters title and plays Leonardo Mayer and Murray will play Australian Nick Kyrgios in the first round. Defending champion Marin Čilić is ninth seed and will face an as yet unnamed qualifier

In the women’s draw top seed and defending champion Serena Williams is looking to win her seventh US Open title and her progression through the draw will see her potentially face sister Venus and rival Maria Sharapova. Her first round match will be against Vitalia Diatchenko from Russia. British number one Watson faces Lauren Davis from the USA in her first match and Robson will play Russia’s Elena Vesnina.

t_07SEP14_22679_bryansThe Bryan Brothers, Mike and Bob won their fifth US Open men’s doubles title at last year’s tournament. Women’s doubles defending champions are Ekaterina Makarova and partner Elena Vesnina and the Mixed Pair who won in 2014 were Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares. Doubles draws will be announced after 31st August.

For all the information and news from this years US Open visit the official website www.usopen.org

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Adult Tennis Summer League Update: Mens A Team Promoted to Divison 1.

Totally Tennis Men’s A team won the Division 2 title in the Basingstoke and District Tennis summer league and will be promoted to play in Division one next summer. The team of Simon James/Tim Rice and Ali Olrog/Ben Jubin beat Andover B with an impressive 8-0 and the team also beat Beechdown A and Odiham with 8-0 score lines. The team keep a season clean sheet winning all seven matches played with a season total of 14 points (52 games won and only losing 4).

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(L to R) Simon James and Ben Jubin were part of the victorious Men’s A team who gained promotion to Division 1. 

The two Hampshire Court teams completely dominated Division 4 both finishing on 16 points overall but the B team took top honours with more games won. Totally Tennis Men’s B were a respectable fourth overall with 9 points, winning four matches, drawing two and losing three. The Totally Tennis Ladies A team finished in sixth place in Division two with a total of 5 points. They won one match with the team of Emma Barnes/Sharon De Botte and Hilary Oliver/Stephanie Hart beating Sherborne 8-0 and they drew three and lost three overall. Mortimer A were the division winners with 11 points.

In the Mixed, Totally Tennis A also finished in fourth place overall with 7 points, winning three matches, drawing one and losing three. Tim Rice/Emma Barnes and Rex Groves/Stephanie Hart completed their season with an 8-0 win against Overton B and a 6-2 result at Beechdown B. Aldermaston A won the Division with a total of 13 points. Totally Tennis B team were sixth with 6 points after winning two, drawing two and losing three matches.

Head Coach James McIntosh said “Congratulations to the Mens A team for a fantastic summer season and a well deserved promotion to the top division next summer. It’s great to have so many of our players competing in the local leagues and good luck to everyone in the current Winter leagues.”

There are plenty of opportunities for adults to play at Totally Tennis and then have the opportunity to represent the club in the local tennis league in the summer and winter seasons. For more information about the Adult Tennis programme at  please visit our new look website www.totallytennis.co.uk, telephone the office on 01256 358818 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk.