It was a fantastic week for the Totally Tennis Mini Performance female players at the annual Grade 3 Hampshire and IOW Junior County Championships held at the Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club in Hampshire.
Top seed Kirsty Da Silva collected the silverware in the 9 and under Girls Singles event after beating Ellen Mans 7-3, 7-4 in the final. In the Group stages Da Silva won Group A beating Lizzie Scarborough in a three set battle 5-7, 7-4, 7-0, Totally Tennis club mate Melissa Toner 7-5, 7-5 and Gabrielle Gwilliam 7-2 and then defeated Hannah Buzzard in the semi-final 7-5, 7-4 before going on to win the final.
Da Silva with her 9U winners trophy
Clubmate Amberly Chapman won the 8 and under Girls singles title after winning four of her matches. She beat Scarlett Doman 10-6, Liliya Hastings 10-6, Evangeline Howard 10-6 and Ruby Sky Allen 10-6. She lost to Lily Bebbington 10-3.
Clubmates Da Silva and Chapman with their winners trophies
Fellow mini performance player Isla Hignett was runner-up in the 10 and under Girls Singles winning three of her four matches. She beat club mates Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid 5-3, 4-2 and 2-4, 4-1, 1-0(3) respectively and Olivia Besant 4-0, 4-0 and lost to overall winner Rina Hayamizu 4-0, 4-0. Bromilow was third overall after beating Reid 4-1, 4-2 and Besant 4-0, 4-0. Reid finished in fourth place after a walkover against Besant.
Hignett with her 10U Girls Singles silver medal
Head Coach James McIntosh said “Congratulations to all the girls for their fantastic achievements at the County Championship. It’s great to see so many of our mini girls playing across the three age group events.”
Hignett with winner Hayamizu
Hignett was 14 and under Girls Doubles Consolation final winner along with partner and club mate Jasmin Bromilow. The girls lost in the quarter-finals of the main draw against eventual runners-up Aisling McGrane/Lydia Kelly 4-0, 4-1. In the consolation final the girls beat Biblana Shea/Stella Gandee Morgan 4-1, 4-1. Bromilow also competed in the Girls 12 and under event beating Olivia Morgan-Finn 6-1, 6-0 in the first round before losing to runner-up McGrane in the quarter-final 6-0, 6-2.
The County Championships take place in all counties nationwide during the last week of August. All the events offer singles and doubles events across all age groups from mini, junior and adults. There are also social events encouraging all families to be involved and Hampshire is having a BBQ on Finals Day today.
Hampshire Referee, Jenny Sayer commented via The Hampshire & IOW LTA website, “These tournaments are a great opportunity for adults and juniors of all standards to compete locally. Last year was a great success with nearly 7000 players competing across Great Britain and in Hampshire & IOW. The tournament is the ultimate finale to the summer holidays and great fun for all.”