Totally Tennis Mini Performance player Isla Hignett was part of the Hampshire 10 and under County Cup team that travelled to Bolton over the weekend to compete in the Aegon National Finals after winning Group F in Hove last month (read story here).
Totally Tennis Mini Performance Player Isla Hignett represented Hampshire in the National Finals
The girls team of Hannah Smith, Eliza Wheeler, Rina Hayamizu, Anna Vinnell and Hignett competed against teams from Staffordshire, Suffolk and Cornwall in Group B of the competition. On the first day the team played against Staffordshire and lost 6-2 overall with Hayamizu the only player to win her singles beating Adeola Greatovex 4-1, 4-1. Wheeler and Smith lost their matches against Samantha Tsvamuno 4-2, 5-3 and Elise Dennis 5-3, 4-2 respectively. In the doubles Dennis/Tsvamuno beat Wheeler/Smith in the third set tie-break 5-3, 1-4, 1-0(4).
The 10 and under Girls Hampshire County Cup team with coach Karim
Unfortunely the same happened against Suffolk in the second match on the first day when they also beat Hampshire 6-2. This time Smith was the only player to win her singles match beating Isabelle Eaton 0-4, 4-2, 1-0 (8). Hayamizu lost to Justice Hall 5-4 (5), 4-2 and Maddie McLoughlin beat Wheeler 4-2, 4-0. Eaton/McLoughlin then defeated Smith/Vinnell again in the third set tie-break in the doubles match 1-4, 4-2, 1-0(9).
The girls with their cuddly mascots
On the second day the team faced Cornwall who had also already lost to Staffordshire and Suffolk. The girls won 8-0 with Hignett beating Harriet Bradley 4-0, 4-0, Wheeler defeating Holly Drew 4-2, 4-2 and Smith winning against Daisy Chapman 4-0, 4-0 in the singles. Hayamizu/Vinnell beat Chapman/Drew 4-1, 4-2 in the doubles and the team finished in third place in the Group B with Staffordshire winning overall.
Quick pep talk for Isla with coach Karim before her singles
The teams then competed in the group playoffs where Group A winners Middlesex played Staffordshire to decide the overall National champion. Hampshire faced Warwickshire for the 5/6th play-off match, who had also finished in third place in Group A. The girls secured fifth place with a 6-2 scoreline after winning all three singles matches. Hayamizu beat Amelia Perrin-Tilt 4-0, 4-2, Wheeler beat Lucy Gribben 4-0, 4-2 and Smith defeated Mary Hoggard 4-2, 4-2. Hignett/Vinnell were unlucky in the doubles losing to Hoggard/Gribben in three sets 4-1, 3-5, 1-0 (8) but it did not affect the final result. The overall National placings were as follows from first to last, Middlesex, Staffordshire, Lancashire, Suffolk, Hampshire, Warwickshire, Cheshire and Cornwall.
An exhausting weekend for Isla fast asleep with team mascot HARIE (Hannah, Anna, Rina, Isla, Eliza) on the way home.
Donella Hignett, who accompanied daughter Isla to Bolton said “We enjoyed getting to know the other girls and parents and all had an enjoyable weekend staying in Bolton. Finishing in 5th place out of 8 teams was a good result. The girls all supported each other well.”