Kirby steals the show at Felixstowe

SUFFOLK'S number one Boys' Under-14 star, Matthew Kirby, stole the show on a sweltering finals day at the Felixstowe Junior Tournament.

By Lewis Mitchell

SUFFOLK'S number one Boys' Under-14 star, Matthew Kirby, stole the show on a sweltering finals day at the Felixstowe Junior Tournament.

Kirby captured a deserved brace of singles titles after battling his way past Nick Bradley-Watson and Louis Watts respectively.

A three-set thriller against Boys' Under-16 top seed, Nick Bradley-Watson was the highlight, with Kirby regaining his composure to seal a 7-6 5-7 6-2 success.


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No. 1 seed in the Boys' Under-14 section, Kirby enjoyed a rather more comfortable final against Louis Watts. A handful of unforced errors proved the difference as Kirby secured a break of serve in both sets to prevail 6-4 6-4.

Cambridgeshire's Robin Goodman also faced a hectic schedule with two singles finals of his own. Matt Hough eventually wore down 3.2-rated Goodman, recovering from one set down to wrap up a 3-6 6-2 6-3 victory in their Men's Under-21 singles final.

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Meanwhile, Middlesex hopeful, Alexandra Zaniewski dominated proceedings in both the Ladies' Under-21 and Girls' Under-18 singles finals.

Last year's Under-18 champion, Laura Oates provided the opposition in both matches and the Cambridgeshire-based youngster was unable to contain Zaniewski, falling in two straight sets defeats.

The battle between sisters, Sophie and Anneka Watts ended in victory for the former in their Girls' Under-14 singles final. The No. 1 seed eventually came through a stiff test to win 6-4 6-1.

Results

Men's U21 Singles Final: M Hough bt R Goodman 3-6 6-2 6-3

Ladies' U21 Singles Final: A Zaniewski bt L Oates 6-4 6-3

Boys' U18 Singles Final: R Goodman bt T Lamming 7-5 6-4

Girls' U18 Singles Final: A Zaniewski bt L Oates 6-3 6-0

Boys' U16 Singles Final: M Kirby bt N Bradley-Watson 7-6 5-7 6-2

Girls' U16 Singles Final: A Watts bt M-L Brown 6-4 7-5

Boys' U14 Singles Final: M Kirby bt L Watts 6-4 6-4

Girls' U14 Singles Final: S Watts bt A Watts 6-4 6-1

Boys' U12 Singles Final: O Bickley bt J Wilson 6-4 6-3

Girls' U12 Singles Final: D Rice bt M Wright 6-2 6-1

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