Louise Willgrass Memorial Ladies’ Doubles Tournament benefits Cruse Bereavement Care Norwich

The finalists of the 11th Annual Louise Willgrass Memorial Ladies’ Doubles Charity Tennis Tournament

The finalists of the 11th Annual Louise Willgrass Memorial Ladies’ Doubles Charity Tennis Tournament, from left, Jo Gowing, Susanna Cooper, Julia Waters and Emily Wharton. - Credit: Submitted

The 11th annual Louise Willgrass Memorial Ladies' Doubles Charity Tennis Tournament was held at East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club in Norwich.

Thirty pairs of ladies played in five boxes of six for the initial round-robin under the watchful eye of referee Derek Perry.

The top pair from each box plus the next best three runners-up then went through to a knockout draw.

The semi-finals saw Susanna Cooper and Jo Gowing (Brooke) beat Sara Worley and Jenny Barton (Wortham) and Emily Wharton and Julia Waters (Wortham) beat Jane Ray and Eva Howkins (Diss/Lowestoft).

A raffle was held during lunch, laid on by the club, before a hard-fought match saw Cooper and Gowing beat Wharton and Waters in the one-set final.


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Approximately £800 raised by the event will be given to Cruse Bereavement Care Norwich, the chosen charity of the Willgrass family.

Mrs Willgrass, a keen tennis player from Colney, lost her life at the age of 43 during a holiday in Thailand when the tsunami struck on Boxing Day 2004.

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