National title triumph for Acle ace Olivia Nicholls in Loughborough

Olivia Nicholls with her women's singles title at the BUCS Tennis Individual Championships at Loughb

Olivia Nicholls with her women's singles title at the BUCS Tennis Individual Championships at Loughborough University. - Credit: Submitted

Acle ace Olivia Nicholls has won a national title after success in the British Universities and Colleges Sports individual championships.

The top 32 ranked players across all British universities competed for the title at Loughborough University, where 20-year-old Nicholls studies.

After being seeded fifth in the women's singles, Nicholls came up against last year's winner, Alexandra Walker, in the quarter-finals and won 6-2 6-1 to progress.

In the final Nicholls cruised to victory and did not drop a single set throughout the tournament.

Nicholls has not finished yet either. On Wednesday she will be representing Loughborough Uni against Bath Uni in the semi-final of the team competition. She will then be competing at the 25k event in Barnstable and then the Aegon British Tour in Bournemouth.

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Back in Norfolk, Richard Bloomfield cruised to a home victory in the Aegon British Tour event at Easton, without dropping a set throughout the tournament.

He won £250 and points to strengthen his second position on the tour leaderboard. In the semi-finals the 31-year-old, from Alpington, beat Norwich 15-year-old Will Davies 6-3 6-1 and went on to beat Cambs 17-year-old James Ling 6-2 6-1 in the final.

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Bloomfield said: 'With the number one seed Willis pulling out, things became a lot easier. It was great to play a fellow Norfolk player in Will and hopefully he can go on and do well for Norfolk in the future.

'I now need to focus on a week of coaching as I am studying for my Level Five Coaching Award.'

Looking ahead, East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club in Lime Tree Road, Norwich, support three Ladies' Charity Doubles Tournaments every year.

The first, sponsored by Libby Ferris Flowers, is on Wednesday, May 13. The second is on June 24, sponsored by Vanilla, and the third, on October 14, is in memory of Louise Willgrass, a member who died in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

The first two tournaments are held in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and between them have regularly raised in excess of £750. The Memorial Tournament donated several thousand pounds to the Louise Willgrass Tsunami Fund which used the money to rebuild a school in the Phuket area. Recently, though, Louise's family have asked that the money be donated to Cruse Bereavement.

The formats are all timed-match round robin, followed by quarters, semis and, after lunch, a final. To enter or find out more, email or call 01603 453532.

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