The 2010 Appeti Championships finished last weekend with finals being closely contented throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday was doubles day with six titles to be decided. The mixed doubles matches took to the courts first. In the 14U group the experience and strength of Dan Gould and Nancy Gullett helped them successfully beat their opponents John Jones and Emma Ball in straight sets. Emma however showed great spirit to finish the match with what proved to be a fractured finger!
The Adult mixed event was a much closer affair with Hannah Tonry and Harry Taylor taking an early lead. Jamie Wallace and Kate Robertson fought back though and managed to win through in the championship tiebreak to take the match 5-7, 6-2,10-6
It was then the turn of the 14U boys and girls doubles to take to the stage. Both matches were close affairs with Robert Sotillo and John Jones taking the boys title and Nancy Gullet and Katherine Davis taking the girls.
The day was rounded off with the adults. This time Kate and Hannah teamed up to play Rebecca Riezebos and Rachel Davis in the Ladies event. After a long close match Kate and Hannah eventually won through to give Kate her second title of the day.
Richard Myall and Tim Bean joined forces to take on two of their pupils, Josh Pennick and Graham Hunt in the Men’s final. This year the coaches won through but who can tell what will happen in the future!
Sunday meant it was the turn of the singles matches. The first finals of the day saw the 12U draws being played. Evie Robertson faced Saffron Taylor in the girls and Alex Mount met John Jones in the boys. Both matches were won by the older more experienced players but both younger opponents put up a great fight and clearly showed their potential for the future. Well done to Evie and Alex the 12U champions for this year.
Our 16U juniors were next on court with Hannah Tonry playing Kate Robertson in the girls and Jamie Wallace battling against Fenner Robertson in the boys. Once again both matches were very close with Jamie and Kate winning through to lift the ‘crown’
After a short break Kate was back on court to face Rebecca Riezebos in the 18U Girls final to see if she could take her fourth title of the weekend! Both girls played really well but Kate, once again pulled through to win 6-4, 6-4. The boys 18U saw Michael Williams challenging last year’s champion, Harry Taylor, whose greater experience showed and although Michael put up a good challenge Harry retained his title.
The 14U girls draw saw Hannah facing Evie. Evie played well but Hannah’s greater strength gave her the advantage and she took the match 6-2, 6-3.
The Boys 14U final proved to be the match of the afternoon with Dan Gould meeting Jamie Wallace in what proved to be a great battle. Both boys worked hard and exchanged some fantastic rallies which made the match an exciting, if at times nail-biting affair for the spectators. However Jamie just edged ahead and left the court victorious.
The final matches of the weekend saw quite a crowd supporting their coaches, as both finals were contested by Appeti Tennis Team members.
Rebecca Riezebos challenged the vastly more experienced Ffion Newberry in the Ladies. Rebecca played well and made her opponent work for every point. Although she lost Rebecca did take some games and felt she’d learnt a lot and is looking forward to a rematch in the future.
The Mens draw saw the doubles pairing of Richard Myall and Tim Bean splitting to face each other across the net. In a previous encounter at Essex earlier this year Richard have taken the championship tiebreak to win the match but this time Tim won through to turn the tables to take the title 6-2, 3-6, 10-3
We’d like to congratulate all our players who have competed in The Appeti Championships 2010 and well done to all our trophy winners!!