Strong display from Norfolk at East Anglia Open contest

East Anglia Tennis and Squash club played host to a strong field from around the region over the break, for the East Anglia Junior and Senior Open, with six Norfolk players emerging as singles champions of their respective age groups.

Monica Raviraj, Alex McNaughton, Rosie Pooley and Ethan Terry each picked up a junior singles title while Maddie Brooks won the ladies singles and coach Richard Love took home the Over 35s crown.

Raviraj won the 10u girls singles final after an excellent 4-2 victory over Abigail Michelow from Essex who had beaten Norfolk's Anna Thompson in the semi-final.

McNaughton had a tight first set with Suffolk's Jared Bones but survived the tie break before stamping his authority with a 6-2 second set to win the 14u boys singles.

The 12u girls singles was won by Rosie Pooley in some style as she cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Phoebe Collins from Essex while Ethan Terry won an all-Norfolk affair in the 9u boys singles final against Tom Signy. Maddie Brooks looked untroubled in the Ladies Open singles final and a double break in each set led to a comfortable looking 6-2, 6-2 score line against Victoria Amos from Leicestershire.


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Coach Richard Love was seeded through to the semi-finals of the Over 35s and dropped just five games en route to the title which all came in the final against Sam Kendrick. A 6-2, 6-3 result rounded off the list of Norfolk singles winners at the tournament.

Other notable Norfolk performances in each age group came from Dani Long-Martinez who came third in the 10u boys singles, Rosie Pooley again who reached the 14u semi-final, Tom Fisher who suffered a pair of final defeats in the 16 and 18u finals, Klara Moolman who reached the 18u girls semi-final and Scott Whiting who came 3rd in 9u boys singles.

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Harry Weeds elected not to play in the 18u singles but competed in the Men's Open; coming up just short against Thom Lavis from Surrey who now coaches in Norfolk. The pair contested an excellent final in which Lavis outlasted Weeds to take the final set 6-4.

There were further Norfolk success stories in the doubles events including an U14 mixed win for brother-sister combination Megan and Ewan Lait over Francesca Field and Matthew Samson.

The 18u doubles competitions were dominated by Norfolk players; Megan Wright and Klara Moolman were victorious over Amy Partridge and Emma Moolman in the girls' final while Harry Weeds and Michael Tudor had a straight sets win over Tom Fisher and Tom Hunter.

• Richard Bloomfield fell in the quarter-final of a $10k Futures in Greece following a disappointing first round exit the previous week. Bloomfield was untroubled until the quarter-finals, where he lost 6-4, 6-4 to Yannick Jankovits.

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