Last weekend saw the finals of The 2013 Appeti Championships. 15 titles were contested over the two days with both juniors and adults challenging for the 2013 trophies.
The finals started with our ladies doubles. Julie Bean and Marina Yartseva joined forces to challenge defending champions Ffion Newberry and Sara Richards. Ffion and Sara took an early lead and despite their oppositions best attempt to stop them retaining their title they left the court victorious winning through 6-1, 6-1.
The 14U Girls Singles took to the court next with Rosie Hewett, who is a pupil at The Appeti Tennis School, meeting Lucia Piccinini. Although Lucia is still relatively new to competition she persevered throughout the match but Rosie proved too strong and won 6-0, 6-0.
The following day saw a replay of last year’s 12U boys singles event with Oliver Richards, another Appeti Tennis School pupil, playing Dushan Sreckovic. Both boys played some great tennis but Oliver edged ahead to win through 6-1, 6-3.
In the 12U Girls final Rosie Hewett was looking to take her second title of the tournament. This time she faced fellow Appeti Tennis School player, Marta Poriete. With both girls training together this was always going to be a close affair. With a score that doesn’t reflect how close the match was Rosie gained her second winner’s trophy 6-1, 6-1.
It wasn’t long till Morgan Moloney and Charlie Songsmith were on court contesting the Boys 16U title. Throughout the match there were some long rallies which fully tested both lads fitness levels. After a very close match Morgan was able to defeat the reigning 16U champion taking the title 7-6(1), 7-5.
Next up was our 10U final. Ciaran Brewer faced William Gee in what proved to be the match of the Championships! Both boys played some fantastic tennis and kept each other on their toes and moving round the court. In the first set Ciaran just pulled ahead and won 4-2 however Will was not ready to give up and in a real nail biter second set it looked like Will was going to turn the tables. Ciaran stayed focused and took another victory for The Appeti Tennis School 4-2, 5-3.
The 14U girls doubles event saw Rosie Hewett pairing up with Marta Poriete whilst Megan Hardy joined forces with Esther Kendrick-White. Rosie and Marta’s greater experience showed through allowing them to take the title 6-0, 6-0.
Meanwhile on the other court the 14U Boys singles final saw Oliver Richards playing JoJo Thomas. The first set was a very close affair with the scores see-sawing between the players however Oliver managed to just pull ahead to secure the win 6-4. From here he didn’t look back and although JoJo played well Oliver won the second 6-0.
In the Mens Final Michael Williams faced the defending champion and one of the Appeti coaching team, Tim Bean. Although Michael fought hard he couldn’t find a way through Tim’s greater knowledge and experience leaving Tim to retain his title 6-0, 6-0
The 14U mixed doubles saw Oliver Richards and Rosie Hewett pairing up to play Ciaran Brewer and Marta Poriete. With Oliver and Rosie having won 6 titles already between them their confidence was running high and although Ciaran and Marta put up a good fight Ollie and Rosie took another title with a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
It was then Sara Richards, Oliver’s mum’s turn to take to the court where she faced Carine Nienaber in the ladies final. With Carine being supported by her son Ulrich and Sara by Ollie there was everything to play for. Carine’s match experience showed through and she won the trophy 6-1, 6-0
Oliver Richards and Stephen Friend were next to defend their 14U doubles title against Dushan Sreckovic and Oscar Mansfield-Jones.
With Stephen’s help Oliver was hoping to gain his fourth title of the Championships. After a close match Oliver and Stephen won through 6-2, 6-3 to take the trophy.
The 18U final saw a rematch of last year’s boys with Graham Hunt, a member of The Canterbury High School Tennis Academy, and Michael Williams meeting in another close affair. In the first set Michael played some great tennis really making Graham work hard for every point but Graham just edged ahead to win 7-5. Michael regrouped and was able to turn the tide to take the second set 6-4. The deciding tiebreak saw both lads battling hard with the score seesawing from one to the other however Michael just won through to win 10-7.
In the final match of the championship Seb Kay and Tim Bean join forces to take on Graham Hunt and Michael Williams in the men’s doubles final. Seb and Tim took an early lead and proved a formidable partnership leaving the court with a 6-0, 6-2 victory.
We’d like to congratulate all our players who have competed in The Appeti Championships 2013 and well done to all our trophy winners!!
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