Double dreams thwarted
TENNISTHE Victory Ground was finally bathed in sunshine as the Cecil & Larter Bury and West Suffolk Junior Lawn Tennis Tournament drew to a close on Saturday.
THE Victory Ground was finally bathed in sunshine as the Cecil & Larter Bury and West Suffolk Junior Lawn Tennis Tournament drew to a close on Saturday.
Two particularly talented young players, Huntingdon's Eddie Gee and Harleston's Grace Hughes, had the opportunity to clinch a memorable double victory, by winning the singles titles in two different age categories.
Gee set about the task well, successfully defending his 16U title by beating Jamie Lau of Cambridge 6-4 6-4.
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However, after cruising through the first set of his 18U final against Bury's Josh Bolt, Gee began to look frustrated and was ultimately undone by an excellent comeback from No. 2 seed Bolt, who took the title, much to the delight of the spectators.
It was to be a similar story for Hughes, who beat top seed Hayley Rixon in the girl's U14 singles before being well beaten by Hannah Thompson in the 16U final, a result that saw the hard-hitting Thompson successfully defend the title that she won last year.
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(seeds in brackets)
Boys' 18U Singles Final: (2) J Bolt bt (1) E Gee 1-6 6-4 6-2.
Boys' 16U Singles Final: (1) E Gee bt (3) J Lau 6-4 6-4.
Boys' 14U Singles Final: (1) D Clarke bt (4) C Dawson 6-1 6-0.
Boys' 12U Singles Final: (3) J Graves bt L Kean 6-3 6-4.
Boys' 10U Singles Final: (1) M King bt L Gooden 6-0 6-2.
Girls' 18U Singles Final: S Lockett bt H Thompson 6-1 6-2.
Girls' 16U Singles Final: (1) H Thompson bt (3) G Hughes 6-1 6-0.
Girls' 14U Singles Final: (2) G Hughes bt (1) H Rixon 6-2 6-4.
Girls' 12U Singles Final: (2) A Todd bt (1) H Fleming 6-4 7-5.
Girls' 10U Group Winner: T Jackson.