Tennis prospects book places in final

Bright prospects have been doing Norfolk proud in Grade 3 tournaments from which finalists gain automatic entry into the national qualifiers in August.

Bright prospects have been doing Norfolk proud in Grade 3 tournaments from which finalists gain automatic entry into the national qualifiers in August.

Olivia Nicholls, Tom Lamming and Lottie Cumby all qualified at Chingford. Olivia won the girls' 12-and-under event, Tom won the 16/u and 18/u boys' sections, and Lottie was beaten finalist in the girls' 16/u section.

Norfolk had several other representatives, with Kris Jenkins reaching the semi-finals and Sam Parfitt the quarter-finals of the 16/u boys' event, Parfitt reaching the 18/u quarter-finals, Andrew Lamoureux and Nick Bradley-Watson reaching the 14/u quarter-finals, Emma Brook reaching the 16/u girls' semi-finals and Jess Harris reaching the 18/u quarter-finals.

Nine Norfolk juniors travelled to Maidenhead with Lakenham coach Stuart Silvester to compete in another Grade 3 tournament, again giving national qualifying status to the winners and runners-up.

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Olivia Nicholls was 12/u girls' beaten finalist, while Pippa Horn lost in the semi-finals.

Tara Hall reached the 14/u girls' final and Amy Partridge the quarter-finals, while Olivia and Amy were losing doubles finalists.

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Emma Brook lost in the 18/u girls' final.

Nick Bradley-Watson reached the 14/u boys' singles quarter-finals and, with Alex Moyes, the doubles final.

Tom Lamming lost in the quarter-finals of both the 16/u and 18/u events.

“Overall the Norfolk players did OK, although there were no trophies to bring home,” said Silvester.

“As a county we are getting stronger and competing with better players. I believe that once one player wins a good tournament outside Norfolk it should spur others on to achieving the same success.

“On occasions it looked like the good opponents were just a bit more determined to get the ball back in play in very wet and windy conditions.

“If we can learn from these experiences, there is no reason why our players can't have a winner in the very near future.”

East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club also hosted a Grade 3 ranking tournament, in which Claire Palmer took the spotlight.

She beat Tara Hall in the 16/u final and in the 18/u final overcame Samantha Noble, whom she had never managed to beat before.

Her success didn't stop at singles either. Pairing up with Samantha for the 18/u doubles, she beat Tara and Jessica Mapp in the final, and then, with James Bradley-Watson, she beat Samantha and Richard Tubb in the 18/u mixed final.

Harry Weeds also had a good week, winning the 12/u and 14/u singles events and reaching the final of the 14/u doubles with Piers Goodwin.

Bronte Farrage continued her recent success by winning the 10/u singles -her third win in the last five tournaments. See below for a full list of results.

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