Over the weekend 9/10th of May many of our county Juniors travelled to Chapel Allerton Junior Open in Leeds to compete. There were some very good results for our juniors.
Sam Ward – U17 champion – Sam was unseeded but started well beating 3/4 seed Vicky Grimshaw 3-1, then number 2 seed Hannah Shipley 3-0 and best of all beat England number 9 and number 1 seed Laren Tamilla 3-1 to win the event.
Laura Niell – U11 champion – Laura seemed never to be off court on the Sunday, she played 2 matches in a round robn group winning both to qualify for the semi-final. She won the semi 3-0 and then playing extremely well won the final convincingly 3-0 to win the trophy.
Emma Haley – U13 runner-up- Emma upset the seedings by making the final after being 3/4 seed. In the final she played Lancashires Leah Molinyeux, she made a slow start and was 2-0 down, she fought well and play great from then on winning the 3rd and only narrowly losing the 4th and finishing runner-up.
Maria Bainbridge & Lucy Beecroft – finished 3rd in the U15 and U17 respectively. Maria narrowly lost out 3-2 to eventual winner Katie Campion fron Yorkshire and Lucy lost to number 1 seed Lauren Tamilla in the semis before beating Hannah Shipley into 3rd place.
Dan Ward – 5th place in U19 – Dan lost his first match against a very strong player Reuben Phillips, he bounced back to win the 5th/6th play-off 3-0 against Sam Mawson.
Dan Wareing, Jamie Groom and Adam Bainbridge – U13 event – Dan made it to the quarter-final where he lost out to Yorkshires Jack Cooper, Dan had previously beaten club mate Jamie Groom who had won his first round match earlier in the morning. Adam lost a close fought first round match and then lost to eventual plate winner Jack Bearpark in the Plate.
Great county representation in this event and hopefully this will continue.