Runner-up Medal for Miksztal

Mini performance player Julia Miksztal (pictured left) was runner-up in the 8 & under mixed indoor matchplay event at David Lloyd Northwood. Miksztal won all her matches in the round robin event beating Taisia Konoplev 10-6, and Nikitha Theivendra 10-3 but lost to eventual winner Taisia Konoplev 10-5. She then beat Theivendra again in the extra matches 10-8.

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Coach Jamie Jordan said, “Julia had a total of thirty-five points and winner Taisia had a total of thirty-six points so it was very close.” he added. “Well done Julia, keep up the good work and let’s work towards getting first place.”

Well done Julia!

 

 

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Coaches Retain Mixed Doubles Title

Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Steph Catlin are a dream team when it comes to playing mixed doubles and this year is no exception as the duo added yet another title to their collection. They successfully defended their 2017 Basingstoke League Tournament crown by beating Chris Harrolds and Clare Munns (in a re-run of last years match and scoreline) 6-4, 6-2 in the final played at Beechdown Health Club .

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Congratulations 🙂

Three Titles at this years Hampshire & IOW County Championships

Keeping up Totally Tennis’ record of having consecutive County Champions for over twenty years Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid were crowned 14 and under Girls Doubles champions, Hayden Cummings won the 9U Mixed Doubles with his partner Oliver Cole and Liam Hignett won the Men’s Open title. The week long Hampshire & IOW County Championships 2018, held at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club, finished yesterday.

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Top seeds Hignett and Reid were crowned champions after defeating Lily Bebbington and Darcey Clarke in the semi finals 4-0, 5-3 followed by second seeds Sienna Boyce and Ivana Maynard in the final 4-1, 4-0. Fellow Totally Tennis player Kirsty Da Silva and her partner Poppy Marston were beaten by Boyce and Maynard 4-2, 4-1 in the semi finals.

Second seed Hignett was runner-up in the 16U Girls singles, after a bye in the quarters she beat Lucy Peer 6-2, 6-0 in the semis and faced Rina Hayamizu, who had previously beat Reid 6-1, 6-1, in the final losing 7-5, 6-2. Reid and Da Silva competed in the 14U Girls Singles, top seed Reid had a bye in the first round then beat Marston 6-2, 1-6, 1-0(7) in the semis before losing to Hayamizu in the final 6-0, 6-2. Da Silva lost in the quarters against Ivana Maynard 6-2, 6-1. 

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Also collecting top honours was Isla’s older brother Liam who won the Men’s Open title after defeating James Ardley 6-1, 6-3 in the quarters, third seed Henry Bowden in the semis 6-0, 5-7, 1-0(4) and fourth seed  James Blair 7-6(2), 6-3 in the final. Top seeds Hignett and Bowden teamed up and were runners-up in the 18U Boys Doubles beating Ardley and Milan Bharadia in the semis 4-0, 4-2 before losing to second seeds James Blair and Mats Colling in the three set final 5-4(3), 4-5(5), 10-5.

Harry Feast competed in the 18U Boys Singles and beat Paddy Thorne in the first round 7-6(1), 7-5 but then lost in the quarters against third seed Colling 6-2, 6-1. Feast also played in the 16U Boys Singles along with Ollie Brown but unfortunely both boys were knocked out in the first round by Egan Daborn and George Copplestone 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(3)  and 6-2, 6-2 respectively.

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9U Mixed Doubles champions Cummings and Cole won all four of their matches on their way to winning the title. They beat James Graham/Noelle Elrick 10-2, Dillon James Bowden/Cameron Jeffries Keel 10-1, Ellis Fox/Riley Webb 10-3 and Aleksija Blow/Amalia Sargent 10-2. Cummings and club mate Dylan Cooper Kirby were runners-up in the 10U Mixed Doubles event after beating Malgorzata Krajewski/Florence Savory 4-1, Thomas Allen-Green/Dennis Dimov 4-2 and Cole/Felix Inglis 5-1.

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Cummings was also runner-up in the 9U Boys Singles, after a bye in the first round he defeated William Vincent 7-2, 7-1 in round two, Marcin Kornijczuk 7-3, 7-3 in the quarters and Xinghan Zhao 7-2, 7-3 in the semis before losing in the final to wildcard Cole 7-5, 7-3. Nikesh Bomma also played in this event, after a bye in the first round he beat Riley Webb in round two 8-6, 7-0 but lost against eventual winner Cole in the quarters 7-5, 7-3. 

Cummings and Cooper Kirby also both competed in the 10U Boys Singles. Cooper Kirby lost in the first round against Cole 5-3, 4-2 and Cummings beat Felix Inglis in the first round 4-1, 4-1 and was then knocked out in the quarters by Thomas Allen-Green 5-3, 4-1. 

Congratulations to all the winners, runners-ups and everyone that entered this years County Championships 🙂

 

 

 

 

Performance Players Compete in the Junior National Tennis Championships

Totally Tennis performance players Dean Cooper Kirby along with siblings Liam and Isla Hignett travelled to Nottingham to compete in the Grade 1 Junior National Tennis Championships 2018 held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

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Accompanied by coach Jordan Frederick, Cooper Kirby played in 14U Boys Singles event where his first round opponent was second seed Roan Jones who is number 2 for his age group in the UK and a team GB player. Even though he won the first set 6-2, Cooper Kirby lost the second set 6-0 and then fought hard in the close tie-break set before eventually losing 7-6(3) to make an early exit from the competition.

Brian Cooper Kirby said, “Jordan accompanied Dean to the event and witnessed him totally controlling the first set before taking his foot off the gas in the second. In the deciding set Dean and Roan were neck and neck with most of the spectators watching the game.” He added “Dean was level 4-4 serving to take lead but was broken by Roan to lead 5-4 and serving for match, Dean stepped up again and broke Roan to level 5-5 then they both won their next games to level the set 6-6 for a set tie-breaker which Dean lost 7-3

Cooper Kirby has now left the UK having made a permanent move to Florida to train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida and attend a school linked to the academy based in Fort Myers.

Liam competed in the 18U Boys Singles but also lost in the first round against third seed Daniel Martin 6-1, 7-6(4). He then played in the 18U Boys Doubles with partner Kyle Stocker but the pair were knocked out in the first round by  Deji Thomas-Smith and Patrick Young with a 6-2, 6-2 scoreline. Younger sister Isla played in the 16U Girls Doubles competition partnered with Maisie Wood and together they were beaten in their first match by Jessica Dawson and Jayanne Palma 6-2, 6-3.    

Hignett Represents Hampshire in the Summer County Cup 2018

Performance player and former Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW men’s team who competed in the LTA Summer County Cup 2018 at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club in Manchester from 23rd to 27 July.

Hignett joined fellow county players Sam Bird, Joshua Girling, Ryan Golesworthy, Austin Gwilliam, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Miles McDowall and Paul Scullard to compete in Group 3 of the week long doubles competition against five other teams from East of Scotland, Cheshire, North of Scotland, Buckinghamshire and North Wales.

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In their first fixture on day one, Hampshire were pitted against Buckinghamshire where they lost 7 – 2 with only the pairings of Houghton/McDowall and Girling/Johnson winning their matches. Things did not get much better on day two with another 7 – 2 loss against the team from East of Scotland with Houghton/McDowall the only pair to win both their matches. Things did improve on the third day of competition with a win for the Hampshire team against North Wales 5 – 4, Hignett/Golesworthy won their two matches, Houghton/McDowall added another two victories to their overall score and Johnson/Scullard also picked up a win.

On day four things reverted back to earlier in the week with the Hampshire team losing against North of Scotland 6 – 3 with only Houghton/McDowall winning three matches. The final day saw another 6 – 3 defeat against Cheshire that once against saw Houghton/McDowall as the only winning pair securing yet three more matches. The team from East of Scotland were declared the overall winners of the group with ten points and the Hampshire team finished in last place with just two points.

County Cup events give players the opportunity to represent their county in team competition in national/regional stages in various age groups from 9 and under to adult open events. Players are selected to play by their respective county and there are two separate County Cup competitions, one taking place in summer and one in winter.

 

Runner-up spot for Da Silva in County Finals

Performance player Kirsty Da Silva was runner up at the Road to Wimbledon Hampshire & IOW County Finals held yesterday at Canoe Lakes, Southsea after losing in the final to second seed Rina Hayamizu.

Da Silva, who was top seed, had a bye in round one and then beat Katrina Ozeta in the second round 4 – 1, 4 – 2. In the quarters she defeated sixth seed Poppy Marston 4 – 2, 5 – 3 followed by third seed Poppy Savory in the semis 6 -3, 6 – 4 before losing to Hayamizu in the final 7 – 5, 6 – 0.

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Sue Da Silva said, “After a fiercely contested first set Kirsty served for it at 5-4 up but couldn’t quite get over the line and her extremely consistent and more experienced opponent, held on to take the first set.” she added, “The intensity of the first set and extreme heat seemed to affect Kirsty more in the second and she couldn’t quite re-create her highly aggressive, powerful game and despite her best efforts, had to settle for second place.”

The annual 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 tournament having had many players get through to play at SW19 in the past. As runner-up Da Silva will now attend a tennis clinic with Tim Henman at Wimbledon on Saturday 18th August along with all the other county final runners-up.

Well done Kirsty 🙂

Jordan hosts American Doubles Tournament

Coach Jamie Jordan hosted an American Doubles tournament on Friday evening for adults players followed by a BBQ.

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The event, which attracted twelve players, was played in a round robin mixed doubles format where players are initially paired at random. Timed rounds are played on a rotational basis and the winner in this case, Cliff Church (pictured third left in green top) is the player who wins the most games overall.

Jordan said, “Thanks to everyone who entered and stayed for the BBQ, it was great fun and I hope to run more of these events in the future.” he added, “Thanks to my fellow coaches for all your help too.”

To find out more about the Adult Programme at Totally Tennis click HERE or telephone 01256 358816

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