The girls’ team of Isabelle, Weiqi, Sophie, Marennah and Gabby travelled daily to Grantham for 14 and under County Cup over the bank holiday weekend 4th to 6th May.
They played in a box with Lincolnshire and Buckinghamshire with the other Counties in the group being Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and South of Scotland.
On the Saturday they only played doubles against Lincolnshire. With conditions very windy and quite cold the first pair of Isabelle and Weiqi narrowly lost to Ruby and Christie 6/4, 3/6, 6-10 after playing themselves into a good position at a set and 3/0 up. The second pairing of Marennah and Sophie lost 3/6, 3/6 to Alice and Isabel.
On the Sunday they then finished off the match against Lincolnshire. Marennah lost 0/6, 2/6 to Ruby; Sophie lost 6/1, 2/6, 7-10 to Isabel – really tough match and then Alice beat Weiqi 6/2, 6/1. Isabelle played a great match to beat Christie 7/6, 6/4 but overall Cambridgeshire lost disappointingly 1/5 to Lincolnshire.
After this set back the girls played much better in the second match against Buckinghamshire. Gabby got the team off to a great start beating Ashni 6/3, 6/3. Sophie then came back from match points down in the deciding tie break to beat Annabel 6/3, 6/7, 12-10. Weiqi lost to Aneka 1/6, 2/6 and then Isabelle won her second singles beating Millie 2/6, 6/2, 10-6. Cambs were 3/1 up going into the doubles. Marennah and Gabby combined very well to beat Annabel and Yi-Toong 6/1, 7/5. In the top doubles Isabelle and Weiqi had a very close match with Millie and Aneka just losing 5/7, 7/5 and 5-10 in the tiebreak. Overall Cambs had a 4-2 win. This meant each County had one win but on rubbers Cambs finished third.
On the Monday Cambs then had to play South of Scotland for 5th and 6th position.
Gabby won easily at number four beating Natasha 6/1, 6/0. This was followed by Sophie beating Alisa 7/5, 6/1. Weiqi then got her first won of the weekend beating Felicity 6/4, 6/2 and Isabelle won her third singles beating Annique 6/2, 6/1 to round of a good morning.
In the doubles Marennah and Gabby won 6/2, 6/1 and Isabelle and Weiqi 6/1, 6/0 for the team to finish with a 6-0 win.
Pride of place goes to Isabelle with 3 singles wins and Gabby winning four out of four matches but everyone contributed to some good tennis and had the team started better they may have been playing for first and second. All but one of the team can play next year so onwards and upwards!