Performance player Kirsty Da Silva won the 14 and Under Girls singles title at the 35th Wilton Open held at Wilton Tennis Club, Wimbledon last week in the half term break.
Da Silva played her first matches in the Grade 4 tournament at the beginning of the week. After a bye in the first round she defeated Charlotte Thesiger 6-3, 6-3 and Karina Luna Guzman 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(4) in the quarter and semi finals respectively.
She returned on Saturday to contest the final against former Totally Tennis player Nina Williams. After a slow start, where she lost the first set she then went on to win the second set and the tie break 5-7, 6-2, 10-5 and collect the first place trophy .
Kirsty’s mum Sue said “Kirsty had a slow start to the first set that saw her lose 7-5 but she picked up strongly to dominate the second set and the tie break.”
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.
Performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett competed in the National Tennis Centre Invitational Winter National Tour Finals held over the weekend at the NTC in London.
Hignett was competing in the 18 and under Boys singles event in the grade 1 competition but unluckily he came up against third seed (and eventual winner) Kai Maxted in the first round and lost 6-4, 6-3 despite an excellent performance.
He recently competed in the Mens Open Singles at the British Tour Bath held at the University of Bath but lost in the first round of the main draw to Luke Johnson 6-1, 6-3.
Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby won the 14 and under Boys Singles title at Virgin Active Riverside, Chiswick.
After a bye in the first round of the Grade 3 pre-Christmas event Cooper Kirby beat Zak Radziwillowicz 6-0, 6-2 in round two followed by Tom Chapman in the quarters 6-2, 6-1 and Tarique Tonge-Bobia 7-5, 6-2 in the semis. In the final he defeated Tommy Poli 6-3, 6-3 to win the event. Cooper Kirby also competed in the 14 & under doubles event with club mate Daniel Prickett but lost in the quarters to Radziwillowicz and his partner Jago Bluett 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(5).
Hignett (L) and Cooper Kirby (R) were both winners at the Chiswick event (also pictured is Hignett’s Doubles partner Golesworthy)
Fellow performance player and tennis scholar Liam Hignett won the Men’s Doubles title with partner and former Totally Tennis player Ryan Golesworthy (also Men’s Singles champion). After a bye in the first round the pair defeated Oliver and Oscar Jacobson 6-3, 6-3 in the second round, Patrick Mpalanyi and Henry Kuteesaakwe 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters and then beat William Fyall and and Totally Tennis veteran Josh Goodall in the semis 7-5, 6-4. In the final they bet James Weller and Oscar Glenister 6-4, 6-3 to win the title.
Congratulations Dean and Liam!
The Valencia Open was the last TT tour event of the 2017 season played on Sunday 29th October ahead the excitement of the November Grand Finals where the overall Champions of the year will be crowned.
Kevin Karjalainen won the Red event after beating Diya Shanmugaras 10-8 in the final. Lottie Blackwell was third, William Durman was fourth, Neel Chandrasekar was in fifth place and Ayush Thondapu was sixth.
Coach Andrew Dingwall who won the event said, “Great final between Kevin and Diya, a close game of which fantastic angle shots were the standout moments! Congratulations Kevin 😉“
The Orange event was won by Gevin Chendhilkumar with Ansh Annareddy the runner-up. Chendhilkumar’s twin brother Guhan was joint third/fourth along with Harry Dolman, James Blackwell was fifth, Megan Fisher was sixth and joint 7th/8th place went to Caitlin Manley and Louise Stamvik.
Dingwall said “Another close match with Gevin beating Ansh 10-8 which included some marathon rallies.”
Congratulations Kevin and Gevin!
The TT Tour is a competition programme for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players. There are six tournaments throughout the year and the Grand Finals in November where the top eight players from each squad are invited to play for the chance to finish as the club champions. There’s an up-to-date leaderboard showing players rankings in each squad. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points and all points will be added to each age group leaderboard.
TT Tour Dates 2017
Sunday 19th November – Grand Finals (by invitation)
Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid were runners-up in the 14 and under Girls Doubles event held at the David Lloyd Southampton October Half Term Tournament. In the round robin event the girls played three matches beating Magda Kornijczuk and Thea Sprawson 4-1, 4-1, Grace Williams and Katy Jarvis 5-3, 4-2. but lost to overall winners Paulina Jurkowska and Annalise Smith 4-0, 4-2.
The pair were also third in the Haslemere 16U Doubles Winter County Tournament held earlier this month. In the quarters, the girls beat Giulia Lesa and Valentina Carrier 4-1, 4-2 but unfortunately then lost in the semis to eventual runners-up Grace Williams and Katy Jarvis 4-3(4), 4-2. The girls went onto win the third/fourth playoff match beating Kira Turpin and Elle Wright 4-0, 4-0 to finish in third place overall.
Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett and his partner former Totally Tennis junior player Ryan Golesworthy won the Men’s Grade 3 Doubles Title at the David Lloyd Southampton October Mens Open Tournament.
After a bye in the quarters, the pair beat Henry Bowden and Andrew Laurel 4-0, 4-1 in the semis and then defeated Zizheng Jin and Darius Perkins 4-1, 4-1 in the final to win the event.