Olivia and Will show potential

Norfolk's Will Davies and Olivia Nicholls travelled to the West Hants Club in Bournemouth last week to take part in the AEGON British National Junior Championships and both acquitted themselves well in their respective age groups, reaching the quarter-finals and last 16 respectively.

Davies, seeded seventh in the 12u boys' singles main draw, beat James Davis from Kent and Surrey's Zack Norman before losing a three set battle with fourth seed Tiran Sanghera in the quarter-finals.

The 12-year-old formed an impressive partnership with Northamptonshire's Joe Tyler to reach the final of the 12u boys' doubles, where they lost 6-3, 6-4 to top seeds and singles finalists Luke Hammond and Thomas Wright.

Nicholls was forced to come through qualifying and was made to work for her spot in the main draw after losing the opening set of her final round to Melanie Vaxevanakis. The 16-year-old from Acle recovered to edge the second set 7-5 before steam-rolling the decider 6-0.

Gloucestershire's Laura Eales was swept aside in the first round proper but Nicholls' run came to an end at the hands of third seed Alannah Griffin from Warwickshire, 6-2, 7-5.


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Nicholls and Oxfordshire's Georgina Todd nearly upset the odds in the quarter-finals of the doubles, forcing top seeds and eventual national champions, Harriet Dart and Alice Keddie into a championship tie-break. The underdogs could not sustain their momentum however, and fell 10-4 in the decider.

These results followed on from Norfolk's Pippa Horn being crowned 18 and under doubles champion with partner Ruth Seaborne the previous week.

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Peal nearly went one better after taking top seeded Anne Clark to three sets in the prestigious event but eventually succumbed 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 after a brave fight.

• Brothers Dani and Jack Long-Martinez competed in the grade 3 Jersey Open with plenty of success, collecting the 9u singles and 14u boys' doubles titles respectively. Dani was able to reverse an earlier loss in the group stage to defeat Jorge Beltrao 4-2 in the 9u singles final.

Brother Jack was beaten in the 14u singles final but did not leave empty handed as he and Tom Hands from Cambridgeshire won the doubles, exacting revenge on Jack's conqueror in the singles final. The pair also won the 9u and 14u events at the Easton Summer Tournament last week, full report to come next Tuesday.

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