Double joy for rising star Maria

Norfolk rising star Maria Andrews travelled to Sutton for a 12 and under grade two event and came away victorious after picking up the singles and doubles titles.

Norfolk rising star Maria Andrews travelled to Sutton for a 12 and under grade two event and came away victorious after picking up the singles and doubles titles.

Andrews began her campaign with a good workout against Surrey's Jodie Burrage, coming through in two close sets 6-4, 7-5 after a first round bye. Now used to the clay surface, Andrews looked more assured as she beat Georgie Walker of Hertfordshire 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals.

Nottinghamshire's Livvy Tomkins stood in the way of Andrews and a final spot but the Norfolk girl put on a show as she dismissed her opponent in quick time 6-2 6-2.

Sophie Drakeford-Lewis had beaten second seed Eden Richardson, ranked fourth nationally, and would provide Andrews with her toughest test of the week in the final.


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Drakeford-Lewis looked comfortable at the start and raced away with the first set 6-2. Andrews stayed tough and when her opportunity came at 4-4 in the second set she took it with both hands and closed out the set 6-4.

A championship tie-break was needed and Andrews fought hard, finding a late burst to win 10-6 and sew up the title.

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The doubles final took place on the same day as the singles semis and final, giving Andrews little rest in between.

Partnering Eden Richardson, the two 11-year-olds took on older pair Natalie Sayer and Molley Warden. The gap in age and experience was apparent early on as the favourites led 6-4, 4-1 before Andrews and Eden staged a remarkable comeback. The youngsters turned the second set on its head to win 7-5 and set up a nailbiting championship tie-break.

Both pairs held match points before the underdogs found the breakthrough at 13-13, winning two points to emerge triumphant.

t Blofield tennis club are hosting an open weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Members and non-members are welcome to come and play on the newly laid grass courts.

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