Will reaches brace of finals in Nottingham

Will Davies

Will Davies - Credit: Archant

Norwich's Will Davies proved he is up there with the best in the country after reaching the singles and doubles finals of the U14 National Championships in Nottingham.

Seeded three for the singles, 14-year-old Davies progressed through to the final without the loss of a set, but came up short of the title after defeat to Max Stewart of Warwickshire.

Davies received a bye through the first round of the 64-competitor field before taking on Charlie Chapman from Gloucestershire, who had earned the right to play the third seed with a first round win.

A solid opener for the Norfolk player saw him ease into the last 16 6-3, 6-0 to face Kent's Matthew Summers for a place in the quarters.

Another relatively straightforward result against 13th seed saw Davies take on doubles partner Dominic West – Davies tiumphed in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.


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Second seed Finn Bass stood between Davies and a place in the national finals, but after coming through a competitive first set 6-4, the Langley School pupil put his foot down to run away with the second set 6-1 to set up the final showdown with Stewart.

The top seed was too strong on the day and Davies was beaten 6-3, 6-2 in the final but can be extremely encouraged with an outstanding run to the final.

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Davies and West dropped just two games en route to the doubles final where they came within just a few points of the national title before losing to Stewart and partner Jack Mollloy.

The first set went to the eventual champions on a tie-break before Davies and West levelled the affair to force a decider.

The championship tie-break is used in lieu of a full set in doubles and it was Stewart and Molloy who held their nerve to win 10-6.

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