Norfolk's rising stars double up in Ipswich
Daniel WynneA strong contingent of Norfolk Juniors made the relatively short trip down the A140 at half-term to compete in the Ipswich Toyota Junior Open with encouraging results across the board.Daniel Wynne
A strong contingent of Norfolk Juniors made the relatively short trip down the A140 at half-term to compete in the Ipswich Toyota Junior Open with encouraging results across the board.
Two Norfolk pairings brought home doubles titles and several Norfolk players featured in the later rounds of singles events.
Alex McNaughton and Owen Tudor won the 12-and-under boys' doubles with a dramatic win over John Taylor of Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire's David Stevenson.
After dropping the first set 7-5, the boys recovered to win the second 6-2 before a nail-biting tie-break was won 11-9 by the Norfolk duo. McNaughton also reached the final of the 12-and-under boys' singles but was unable to pick up a second title, as he fell 6-2 7-6 to Paul Monczakowski of Surrey.
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Maddie Brooks and Megan Wright teamed up for the 14-and-under girls' doubles and looked strong throughout, winning their semi-final and final in straight sets to collect the title.
Brooks was another double finalist after she beat fellow Norfolk player Bronte Farrage, pictured, in the semi-final of the 14-and-under girls' singles. Ella Monsey of Suffolk was too strong in the final and despite a spirited second set effort, Brooks lost 6-1 6-4.
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Jack Long-Martinez had a gruelling run to the final of the boys' 14-and-under singles event, coming through three set marathons in both his quarter-final and semi-final.
The tall left-hander battled past Kian Ahyaee 7-5 in the final set of their quarter-final match before coming from behind against Colum Tremayne of Essex in the semi-final. Long-Martinez was a set down before finding some form to take the next two.
The efforts of the previous rounds seemed to take their toll as Chad Richard of Suffolk ended Long-Martinez's streak with a 6-4 6-0 win in the final.
Monica Raviraj was Norfolk's other singles finalist but she also missed out on a title after falling to Annali Olivelle of Essex in the 9-and-under mini orange final.
Scott Whiting had two narrow losses in the knockout stage of the 8-and-under boy's singles, eventually finishing a credible fourth overall.
Josephine Jarvis beat Amelia Brooks in a play-off as the Norfolk pair finished third and fourth respectively in the 8-and-under girls' singles.
Stephen Harlow had a great run of results in the 18-and-under boys' singles, beating a pair of higher rated players before losing to Suffolk's Sam Sheldrake in the semi-final.
Harry Weeds reached the semi-final of the 16-and-under boys' singles but lost in two tie-breaks to Ryan Lambert of Suffolk.
Ewan Lait finished third in the 9-and-under boys after victory in the third and fourth play-off.