Bolt battles back to retain title

IT WAS another special day in the fledgling tennis career of Josh Bolt on Saturday. The No. 1 seed and defending champion showed all the qualities needed to be a winner throughout his gruelling three-set match with third seed Alexander Coulthart in the U18 final.

IT WAS another special day in the fledgling tennis career of Josh Bolt on Saturday. The No. 1 seed and defending champion showed all the qualities needed to be a winner throughout his gruelling three-set match with third seed Alexander Coulthart in the U18 final.

Coulthart, who was also in the U16 final, rallied from 4-1 down in the first set to take it 7-5 and stun Bolt into action. The underdog was showing greater consistency in the groundstroke rallies, with a number of unforced errors coming from the favourite.

But with Coulthart serving for the championship at 5-4, Bolt showed outstanding character to fight back and triumph, 7-5 to level things up.

There was very little between the pair throughout the match, but the pressure appeared to take its toll on Coulthart. Bolt's booming forehands were beginning to force Coulthart onto the back foot and it was eventually no surprise when Bolt broke Coulthart's serve for the final time to take a stirring match and the title for a second year running, 5-7 7-5 6-4.


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In the Girls' U18 section, second seed, Kari Sherington took the honours in a one-sided contest over Grace Hughes. Hughes, who had battled valiantly the day before to take a marathon three-set win over Stephanie Lockett in the semi-finals, appeared to have little left in the tank to make a challenge as her opponent ran out a 6-1 6-3 winner.

Another player who has had an extremely successful week was Alex Davidson. The talented youngster faced two finals, in the U14 and U16 sections.

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Davidson confidently wrapped up the U14 title with a 6-1 6-2 win over sixth seed, Jamie Lee.

However, the U16 final was far from clear cut, but his opponent, Alexander Coulthart was forced to retire early in the deciding set riddled with cramp.

It was a disappointing end to the week for Coulthart, who had such high hopes at the start of the day for at least one title.

In the girls' U16 section, Stephanie Lockett grabbed the win and the title she deserved for some excellent tennis over the week with a 6-1 6-1 thrashing of Kari Sherington.

Sherington had also been successful this week after qualifying for two finals, but her double charge was halted by a flawless performance from Lockett.

The girls' U10 and U12 competitions were dominated by No. 1 seed, Ella Monsey. The youngster forced her way into both finals where she prevailed against Philippa Scotcher and Madeleine Combes respectively to wrap up an excellent week.

Finals' Day results at the Victory Ground

Boys' U10 Singles: (1) Matthew Brindle bt (2) Benjamin Clark 4-0 4-1.

Girls' U10 Singles: (1) Ella Monsey bt Philippa Scotcher 4-2 5-4.

Boys' U12 Singles: (3) Miles Arnold bt (2) Michael King 3-6 6-4 10-3.

Girls' U12 Singles: (1) Ella Monsey bt (2) Madeleine Combes 1-6 7-6 10-5.

Girls' U14 Singles: (4) Eliza Henshall bt (2) Isabelle Clifton-Brown 6-4 6-3.

Boys' U14 Singles: (1) Alex Davidson bt (6) Jamie Lee 6-1 6-2.

Boys' U16 Singles: (3) Alex Davidson bt (1) Alexander Coulthart 4-6 6-4 1-1, retired.

Girls' U16 Singles: (1) Stephanie Lockett bt (2) Kari Sherington 6-1 6-1.

Boys' U18 Singles: (1) Josh Bolt bt (3) Alexander Coulthart 5-7 7-5 6-4.

Girls' U18 Singles: (2) Kari Sherington bt (3) Grace Hughes 6-1 6-3.

Boys' U10 Doubles: Matthew Bury and Jake Tyson bt Sam Goddard and Lewis Bixer 4-1 4-0.

Boys' U12 Doubles: Ross Tobin and Josh Towers bt (1) Adam Bowen and Darren Kappala-Ramsamy 6-3 6-3.

Girls' U12 Doubles: (1) Ella Monsey and Philippa Scotcher bt (2) Madeleine Combes and Emily Arnold 6-3 6-1.

Girls' U14 Doubles: (1) Storm Baxter and Isabelle Clifton-Brown bt Troi Baxter and Alice Hug 7-6 4-6 6-2.

Boys' U14 Doubles: (1) Alex Davidson and Jamie Lee bt (2) James Graves and Anthony Holley 6-0 6-3.

Boys' U16 Doubles: (1) Thomas Potts and Danny Clarke bt Matthew Perry and Simon Reed 6-4 6-0.

Girls' U16 Doubles Semi-finals: (1) Holly Fleming and Grace Hughes bt Abbi Pass and Annie Evans 6-2 6-1. Final: (1) Holly Fleming and Grace Hughes bt (2) Olivia Disley-Stevens and Alice Potts 6-2 6-0.

Boys' U18 Doubles: (1) Alexander Coulthart and Josh Bolt bt (2) Laurence Donn and Simon Farewell 7-6 6-1.

U14 Mixed Doubles Semi-finals: (1) Alice Hug and Will Nunn bt (4) Ruby-Tiger Hawkins and Harry Lawson 7-6 6-1; (3) Emma Diver and Daniel De Niet bt (2) Holly Fleming and Henry Arrell 6-1 6-1. Final: (3) Emma Diver and Daniel De Niet bt (1) Alice Hug and William Nunn 6-2 6-3.

U18 Mixed Doubles Semi-finals: Robyn White and Joe Mummery bt (1) Sophie Davidson and Alex Davidson 6-4 6-4; (2) Alice Potts and Thomas Potts bt Lois Nunn and Jacob Rawlinson 4-6 6-3 6-1. Final: (2) Alice Potts and Thomas Potts bt Robyn White and Joe Mummery 6-4 0-6 6-2.

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