Maria maintains her progress

Maria Andrews of the Easton Tennis Academy won the Ariel under-10 finals at Kings Park, Northampton. Maria, nine, played the winning qualifier of the Bucks tournament in the first round and won 4-2, 4-1.

Maria Andrews of the Easton Tennis Academy won the Ariel under-10 finals at Kings Park, Northampton.

Maria, nine, played the winning qualifier of the Bucks tournament in the first round and won 4-2, 4-1.

In her second match she met the winner of the Kent qualifier and won 4-0, 4-1.

In the final Maria beat the runner-up of the Kent tournament 4-2, 4-1. This was a fantastic achievement on top of her third place the weekend before in an under-11 Ariel indoor series final at Loughborough University.

Will Davies (Easton Academy) travelled to Bath University for his Ariel under-10 tournament. Will, still an under nine player, drew the highest ranked player for his first match, which he won. He then lost his second round match, but won his third to finish third.

Harry Weeds (Easton Academy) travelled to Cambridge for a Grade Three tournament and qualified for the main draw in Corby.

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Five Norfolk girls travelled to Loughborough and played in the under-11 Ariel series.

Lorna Magrath and Maria Andrews (Easton Academy) both finished top of their boxes, winning both matches.

Second in their boxes were Catherine Broster (Esporta), Rebecca Woodrow and Maddie Brooks (both Wymondham) all winning one out of their two matches.

All four box-winners went into a play-off, with Maria playing the number one seed and eventual winner and pushing her to a final set tie break, losing 10-5. Lorna played the number two seed and pushed her to a tie-break in the first set, but just lost, and lost the second set.

Lorna and Maria played off against each other for third and fourth. After two and a half hours Maria won 7-6, 7-5.

The other three Norfolk girls were in the second box play-off with a player from Scotland. Rebecca won the box to come fifth overall, with Catherine and Maddie finishing seventh and eighth respectively.

Tennis for Life coach Donna Andrews from Easton Academy hosted a mini red team event at Wensum Lodge.

Thirteen teams of four children took part, many of whom were playing their first ever event.

Teams came from Acle, Cromer, Esporta (2), EA Tennis (3), Bannatyne's, and from the host club Easton Tennis Academy.

The top box finished with Esporta A first, Bannatyne second, Easton Tennis Academy A third, and Easton Tennis Academy B fourth.

t Norfolk's Richard Bloomfield travelled to the US to take part in the Louisville Challenger but was unfortunate to be drawn against American high-flyer, the 6ft 9in John Isner, who earlier this year took the scalps of Tim Henman, Tommy Haas and Gael Monfils.

In a match described as breathtaking, Isner eventually went through 6-7 (15-13), 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (9-7).

Playing with Sweden's Michael Ryderstedt Bloomfield was beaten in the final of the doubles.