Five girls competed in this year’s Totally Tennis HSBC Road to Wimbledon (U14) club event which was won by Isla Hignett with Tillie Reid finishing as runner-up. Hignett won all her matches beating Reid 4-1, 4-0, Amberly Chapman 4-0, 4-0, Atinuke Adelakun 4-0, 4-0 and Kirsty Da Silva 4-0, 4-0. Reid beat Da Silva 4-0, 5-3 and both Adelakun and Chapman 4-0, 4-0. Hignett will now play in the county finals which will take place over the weekend of 15th & 16th July at Canoe Lakes in Southsea. Reid will have to wait and see if she makes the final as one of the lucky runners-up.
Head Coach James Macintosh said “Congratulations to Isla who has managed to qualify for the county event for the second year running.” he added, “Also well done to Tillie who was the runner up this year and hopefully she will get the opportunity to take part in the county finals for the first time“.
The two winners (boy and girl) of each County Final will be invited to play at Wimbledon from 14th – 19th August in the National Finals (an additional four lucky losers from the County Finals will also be invited to the National Finals). Hignett will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of her former Totally Tennis players and her older brother Liam who played at the National Finals in 2014.
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all 14U 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 members/pupils rated between 10.2 and 7.1. For stronger rated players (6.2 or higher) there is the HSBC Road to Wimbledon International event which players can enter directly.
Congratulations Isla and Good Luck in the County Finals next month 🙂
From the archives
Isla Wins HSBC Road To Wimbledon Club Tournament and Hignett On Road to Wimbledon
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.
In the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Hampshire & IOW County Final Under 10 Girls singles held at Canoe Lakes in Southsea, Portsmouth last weekend, Totally Tennis mini performance player Kirsty Da Silva finished as overall runner-up. She won Group A, unbeaten in all her matches defeating Sienna Boyce 4-1, Abby Ryles 4-0, Poppy Marston 4-1 and a walkover against Sophie Moti. She then faced her old rival Martyna Ciubatiuk in the final who proved too strong and despite a great effort from Da Silva she lost 4-0, finishing in the very respectable runner-up position. Clubmate Melissa Toner competed in Group B where she finished as winner up after beating Ellen Mans 5-4 (9), Savannah Jamieson 4-0, Coco Miller 4-1 but lost to Ciubatiuk 4-1. In the main draw she lost to Sienna Boyce 4-0 to finish in fourth place.
Mum Sue Da Silva said “Kirsty put in a terrific effort across all her matches and showed a new found intensity which made all the difference.” she added “This was her first highly placed finished since moving to green ball, which will hopefully give her some confidence!”
This year’s Road to Wimbledon (RTW) Under 14 club event at Totally Tennis was an all girl event run by Head Coach James McIntosh. Isla Hignett, Jasmine Bromilow, Tillie Reid and Nina Williams all competed against each other to decide the overall winner and runner-up to go through to the county stages. Hignett was declared the winner after beating all her opponents. She defeated Bromilow 4-1, 4-2, Reid 4-0, 4-0 and Williams 4-1, 4-0. Bromilow was runner-up beating Reid 4-0, 4-1 and Williams 4-2, 4-1 and Reid then beat Williams 4-2, 4-2.
In the county finals, Hignett played in the main draw beating Mary Grace Clare in the first round 6-2, 6-1 followed by a three set battle against Daisy Fox in the quarter final which she won 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (5). She lost in the semi-final against eventual runner-up Magda Kornijczuk 6-3, 6-2. Bromilow won the consolation event after byes in the quarter and semi finals and then beat Emma Paterson 6-1, 6-1.