The Cambridge Open Tournament hosted at Cambridge LTC last week attracted an entry of 264 players and several local players finished as winners in a highly successful tournament which again shows how the County Juniors are progressing.
Sama Malik, who plays at the Cambridge Club won the 18 and under girls singles beating top seed Aisha Brown 7/5, 6/4 in a very well contested final. Sama also reached the Ladies Open final before losing to Cambridge University student Kadi Liis Saar 1/6, 4/6. Sama also contested the 16 and under final but narrowly lost to Lincolnshire’s Angela Halton in a tight three set match 6/4, 1/6, 5-10.
Lydia Sivirentsava, seeded 4 from St Neots won the girls 14 and under event beating second favourite Laurie Cruickshank 6/0, 6/3 in the final.
The girls 12 and under event was won by Leicestershire’s Emily Pollard who beat Cambridge Club player Gabriella Zailer-Fletcher, who was unseeded 6/1, 6/1 in the final but had played extremely well to reach the final.
The girls 10 and under event was won by Shami Ndoro of Essex but the girls 9 and under winner was another Cambridgeshire player Rezi Onibere from Huntingdon who beat Nottinghamshire’s Sophie Lager 7/5, 7/3.
In the boys events the Open was won by Leicestershire’s Roman Kenny- Manning who always seems to play his best on his trips to Cambridge!
Aaron Lee of Middlesex won the boys 18 and under event and Ben Feltham of Herts won the 16 and under event.
Darius Fatemi-Ghomi from Cambourne won the boys 14 and under event to add more local success beating top seed Haadi Shah from Suffolk in a very good display of aggressive hitting 6/3, 6/3 in the final.
Nottingham’s Phoenix Weir won the boys 12 and under event.
Jayden Durham (Norfolk) beat Jonny Cross from Cambridgeshire in the boys 10 and under event 4/2, 4/2 in the final.
There was more local success in the 9 and under event as Cambridge Club’s Zack Tabaczynski won this event beating Henry Brice (Suffolk) 7/6, 5/7, 7/3 in the final.
Vincent Fletcher beat Bibiana Kroll in the mixed 8 and under final and both come from Cambridgeshire.
It was an excellent week of tennis and referee Sue Rich was delighted with the entry and all the local successes and thanked the Cambridge Club and it’s committee for hosting the event.
On Tuesday 4 July at Wimbledon, Sue Rich received the Aegon British Tennis Award for Outstanding Achievement recognising her service and dedication to tennis over 40 years.
Sue was initially nominated for a county award and then moved on to regional honours before being selected for this national award. Sue coaches at the Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club in Cambridge and works with county squads and promising junior players at the Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre in Cambridge. Her commitment to working with young tennis players to help them reach their full potential and to nurture their love of the game was recognised in an awards ceremony at the Wimbledon Championships hosted by Andrew Castle. Her award was presented by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester herself a very keen tennis fan.
Sue said: “I am absolutely delighted to be given this British Tennis Award from the LTA and it is wonderful to be recognised for all the hard work and dedication I have put into tennis over numerous years. I hope it will inspire many people to help the game to grow and help players reach their potential”.
Tennis in Cambridgeshire is set to benefit from today’s announcement by The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) of the biggest ever grassroots investment in the sport. The Transforming British Tennis Together initiative, announced in Sheffield this morning, .aims to deliver 750 newly covered indoor courts, over 4,000 newly floodlit courts.
Transforming British Tennis Together will see the LTA work in partnership with local communities in Cambridgeshire to:
The LTA are providing four free online webinars at various dates in 2017. The webinars can be attended by anyone involved in tennis, so please feel free to book onto one and/or share this with your local clubs.
The webinars are a great way to access continuing learning and the topics we are covering this year are:
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Cambridgeshire’s U14 County Cup team fought and battled until the very end in an exciting and testing weekend in the U14 County Cup Finals held at Nottingham. The Cambs team had Derrick Chen available for the round robin group stages on the Saturday and the Sunday but were without Yujiro Onuma for the whole weekend. The other members of the team were all those who helped the team qualify - Zach Cox, Darius Fatemi-Ghomi, Leon Kewney and Rohan Iyengar.
Up against the 3rd seeds Hampshire & Isle of Wight in the opening match on a rain interrupted day, it was two rubbers each after the singles. Chen and Kewney winning their respective singles. Fatemi-Ghomi and Kewney pulled of a great win in the match tiebreak before Chen and Cox won convincingly to get a 4-2 overall win.
Playing a Hertfordshire team next, we were 1-3 down after the singles. However, it could have been different if Kewney had capitalised on his chances in his singles. Chen won his singles and his doubles in a 2-4 loss.
Cambs had to play the number 1 seeds Middlesex in the last round robin stage and in the knowledge that Cambs had to match or beat Hertfordshire’s result to play for a bronze medal on the Sunday.
It was a very spirited display and Kewney got Cambs of to a great start winning in a match tiebreak 13-11 before Fatemi-Ghomi put in a hard fought opening set and Cox got beaten in straight sets. Chen won his 3rd singles out of three to tie the match at two rubbers all before the doubles.
It was looking good at one point but Chen and Cox couldn’t see out the match and lost in a match tiebreak and Cambs eventually lost 2-4.
On the last day, Cambs were playing for 5th place against Essex without Chen and they showed their character, battling back from 0-2 down to win 4-2 to clinch a very well deserved 5th place finish.
Cambridgeshire girls’ team of Megan Carmichael, Sama Malik, Chaaya Malik, Laurie Cruickshank and Lydia Sivirentsava travelled on Friday all the way to Wrexham to play in the Aegon County Cup group stages.
On the Saturday the team played the South of Scotland. The number 1 and 2 players played first and Megan Carmichael beat Robyn Harvey 6/0, 6/0 and Sama Malik beat Felicity Walls 6/1, 6/0. Laurie Cruickshank at number three beat Lia Matteoni 6/1, 6/2 and the Lydia Sivirentsava beat Lucy Paterson 6/1, 6/1 to give Cambs a 4/0 lead after the singles. Megan and Sama won the top doubles 6/0, 6/0 and then Chaaya Malik and Laurie Cruickshank won 6/2, 6/0 to give Cambs the perfect start.
In the second group match Cambs played Shropshire and again the whole team performed very well dropping only 12 games in the 4 singles and 2 doubles matches! Megan beat Amy Humphries 6/0, 6/1; Sama beat Imogen Dudson 6/0, 6/0; Laurie beat Eleanor Yeats 6/2, 6/2 and Lydia beat Tamzin Pountney 6/1, 6/3. Megan and Sama won their doubles 6/3, 6/0 and the Chaaya teamed up with Lydia and they won 6/0, 6/0 to give Cambs another 6/0 win.
Having won their group Cambs then played the winner of the other group which was Somerset. This was always going to be a close match and with Chaaya (slight injury) unable to play singles they were going to be up against it. Megan at number one had a terrific match against Grace Piper and this ebbed and flowed before the Somerset player eventually won 7/5, 2/6, 6/4. Sama Malik then played a really solid match and served very well to overcome Caitlin McLoughlin 6/3, 6/2 – much closer than the score suggests to level the scores. Laurie at number 3 had a great match against Francesca Davis but narrowly lost out 7/6, 3/6, 6/4. At number 4 Lydia got off to a good start and took the first set 6/1 and was leading 5/3 in the second before her opponent Tresha Kumar fought back and it went to a tie break. Lydia went 3/6 down but then fought back to take the set 8/6. After the singles all square at 2 matches each. The top doubles pair of Megan and Sama beat McLoughlin and Davis 6/3, 6/0 but after a great second set Chaaya and Lydia lost to Piper and Megan Rundle 6/1, 7/5. With the match resting at 3 rubbers all then it was decided on a doubles tie break shoot out. Unfortunately Megan and Chaaya lost to Piper and McLoughlin 5/10 to narrowly miss out on joining the boys in the final.
Captain Sue Rich said ‘It was a great team effort and everyone played really well and had we had more luck with players not getting injured we would have made the finals. Well done to Sama who won all her matches and a special mention for Megan who is such a great team player.’
Cambs qualified for the 14 and under Aegon County Cup Finals for the second year in a row thanks to a spirited team effort in the U14 County Cup qualifying stages.
The team, of Yujiro Onuma, Zach Cox, Darius Fatemi-Ghomi, Leon Kewney and Rohan Iyengar beat Wiltshire, Somerset and then Gloucester in a closely fought group at Sutton Tennis Club over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The team, led by Yujiro Onuma at number 1 came through a close opening match against a spirited Wiltshire team. Leon Kewney and Darius Fatemi Ghomi - playing at 4 and 3 respectively got Cambs of to the perfect start with two convincing wins before the match got tense. Yujiro Onuma lost his singles while Zach Cox, at number two was on court for over two and a half hours and with the match at 2-1 in rubbers, Zach’s match was vital. Zach stayed calm and mentally strong finally coming through 6/4 in the 3rd set while to take a very good 3/1 lead going into the doubles. Cambs boys were too strong in the doubles and Cambs won 5/1 but it could have been so different.
Next up was Somerset and it was a comfortable win, with Rohan Iyengar coming in for the doubles and Cambs turned in a 6/0 whitewash. It meant Cambs were to play Gloucester in the playoff to see who would reach the finals at Nottingham on 12th to 14th May.
Again, Kewney and Fatemi Ghomi came through their tests with flying colours before Cox lost in straight sets. It was Onuma’s turn to be on court for a long time and after winning a close first set on a tiebreak and leading 4/0 in the 2nd set, Yujiro allowed his opponent to come back and it was down to a match tiebreak. Yujiro showed some fantastic passion and it helped him come through in the tiebreak 10/7 to give us a healthy lead of 3/1 going into the two final doubles. Kewney and Fatemi-Ghomi teamed up in torrential rain to seal the win for a place in the National Finals at Nottingham.
It was a great weekend and captain Chris Johnson said "It was a very spirited performance from the team, and while on paper it looked quite straight forward we had to fight hard"
Cambridgeshire won four LTA Regional Awards last night. Bill Skead and Anna Emmerson picked up the Volunteer and Young Volunteer awards respectively, while Park Tennis was recognised as the Community Venue of the Year, in recognition of the amazing work it does to encourage participation in tennis.
To top it all, Sue Rich won the Outstanding Achievement Award, which will come as no surprise to the thousands of tennis players, young and old, who have benefited from Sue's coaching expertise, enthusiasm and dedication over the years.
The Cambridge Easter Tournament held at the Cambridge LTC Club had a record entry of 280 players and over the course of the week and 471 matches were played with players ranging from 8 and under through to Men’s and Ladies Open.
Local players to impress during the week were Yujiro Onuma (16 and under) Kira Reuter (Ladies Open), Lydia Sivirentsava (14 and under), Weiqi Ye (12 and under), Seth Briggs Williams (12 and under), and two 8 year olds Leo Runciman and Bibiana Krall.
The tournament was blessed with good weather for the majority of the week as there was a hectic schedule of 471 matches played over the 7 days.
The tournament attracted a record entry of 280 players from all around the country.
In the Ladies Open Kira Reuter won the singles event beating Norfolk’s Frances Evans 6/2, 6/1 in the final. The Men’s event was won by Suffolk’s Ed Pomeroy who also plays at Hills Road. He beat Will Cooke Wharton 6/2, 6/4 in the final.
The younger age groups were where the Cambridgeshire players dominated more. Yujiro Onuma, a member at the Cambridge Club played extremely well in the final of the 16 and under age group to beat a feisty Luc Woodall from Avon 6/4, 6/4 in the final. The tennis was of a high standard and the match very competitive.
Lydia Sivirentsava, seeded three in the 14 and under event beat the top seed Maddie McLoughlin in the semi finals 6/2, 7/5 and then beat Nina Sherwen 6/2, 7/5 in the final – this was an excellent result for Lydia.
The 12 and under events were dominated by the Cambridgeshire players as top seed Weiqi Ye beat Leicestershire’s Emily Pollard 6/2, 7/5 in another quality final. In the boys 12 and under event top seed Seth Briggs Williams was pushed all the way by Cambridge Club player Ted Hope (seeded 4) and eventually won 6/4, 6/7 and then 10-5 in the match tie break. This match ebbed and flowed one way and then the other.
The 8 and under events played with the red ball were dominated by Cambridgeshire players Leo Runciman and Bibiana Krall. Leo won the boys event and Bibiana her first tournament winning the girls event.
There was also a lot of interest in the doubles events where the best results were in the 18 boys’ doubles where Nick Ghaznavi partnered Ed Pomeroy to win the final beating Cambridgeshire’s Yujiro Onuma and James Murphy 6/4, 6/3 in the final. In the 14 and under boys final Zach Cox and his Norfolk partner Freddie Withers narrowly lost to Scott Whiting and Ben Stanford 6/7, 6/4 and then 10-6 in the match tie break.
Referee Sue Rich was very pleased with the Cambridgeshire performances and excellent numbers at the tournament – well done to all those who played.
Congratulations to this year's winners of the Cambridgeshire Aegon Tennis Awards
Volunteer of the Year
Young Volunteer of the Year
AEGON Coach of the Year
Highland Spring Club of the Year
Chatteris St Peter's Tennis Club
The Leys School
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