Shiplake Tennis Club Finals Day Junior Match Report – Sunday 8th September 2019
Report by Rachel Richardson
Pictured: Evie, Abi, Megan and Lucy (U14-doubles)
There are some outstanding young players at the Club and they put on a show of excellent tennis in a total of 10 Junior finals matches.
In the youngest U8 mini red category, Edward Cary played strongly to beat Lucas Dodson 7-0 7-2 in two tiebreaks that featured some impressive forehand and backhand hitting.
Next Alfred Cary and Harry Rechner played some excellent U10 orange ball tennis, hitting running forehands and backhands, cross court and even coming into the net on occasion. There were some close games although Alfred eventually won 4-0 4-0.
The tempo then shifted up a few gears for the U16 Singles, with Jack Lynskey facing Rosie Weatherston. Jack’s forehand was too strong in the first set, but in the second, Rosie mounted a comeback including winning one rally via a trick shot from the back of the court. In the end however, Jack came through winning 6-0, 6-2.
This was followed by the U18 singles with Zoë Richardson playing against Tom Lynskey. There was some excellent tennis with strong groundstrokes from both players. Tom defended very well in a close first set, but Zoë played some more attacking tennis in the second set and progressively took control to win an entertaining match 6-4, 6-2.
The under 12 green ball singles saw the longest junior match of the day with Zac Fisher and Annabelle Richardson on court for nearly 2½ hours. Zac started strongly and won the first set, but Annabelle recovered and took the second. The third set was extremely close, with every game going to multiple deuces before ending in a long tie break which Annabelle eventually won to take the match 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.
This was followed by the U14 singles, with Lucy Blomfield and Rosie Richardson playing some great tennis. Both girls demonstrated very consistent ground strokes and some good net play, leading to a number of epic rallies. Many games went to deuce in two hard fought sets, but Lucy just had the edge and eventually took the match 6-3, 6-3.
Next it was the U16 doubles with Sofia Smith and Jack Lynskey playing against Amelie Blomfield and Rebecca Hughes. Cross court shots were strong from Rebecca. Amelie and Sofia played some great shots at the net and Jack showed a strong serve and some excellent passing shots. All four made good use of the entire court but Sofia and Jack had the edge and won 6-2, 6-2.
This was followed by the U18 doubles where Zoë Richardson and Meg Hearn took on Lottie Botterill and Finn Flood. Both pairs played lovely tennis in what was almost an exhibition match. There were some long rallies with excellent ground stokes and some great play at the net, but Zoë and Meg were more consistent and won the match 6-4, 6-2.
William Smith and Noah Thurgood won a very entertaining match against Annabelle Richardson and Jo Wrake in the under 12 doubles. The first set was close and could have gone either way, but William and Noah just managed to clinch the last two games to take the set. They took that momentum into the second set and their greater consistency proved decisive as they won the match 6-4, 6-1.
The last Junior match of the day was the U14 Doubles, and sibling rivalry was to the fore as Evie Blomfield partnered by Megan Weatherston took on older sister Lucy and Abi Botterill. The younger pairing started well breaking Lucy and Abi in the first game to take a 1-0 lead and suggest an upset could be on the cards, but eventually they were overpowered 6-1, 6-1.
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