Singles & Doubles wins for BETA players

The Easter holiday events continued over the last week with our players competing in Rickmansworth, Witney as well as the British Tour event in Bolton.

Reece Farrow, 13, after his title at Berkhamsted last week was back to business in the grade 3 event at Rickmansworth on Monday. He moved his way through the draw with some solid early round wins before defeating the number 3 seed in straight sets to book a spot in the semi-finals. Reece was up against Tyson Snagg, who had already come through two of the BETA team, Joshua Hayes and Joel Pierleoni. It was a cagey start from both boys with early breaks being shared. In the 4th game, Reece went out to hit a forehand, catching it late and it seemed to strain something in his upper back shoulder area. The pain was too much to handle in a hard tennis match and Reece was forced to withdrawal. He was obviously upset with this outcome, however as an athlete we all must prepare for these situations throughout our tennis lives….another learning curve!

Later in the week, 3 of our players were competing in Oxford in a grade 4 tournament at Witney tennis club. Nicholas Blagg was the top seed for the U14 boys events and he showed he was good value for the seeding by taking out the tournament comfortably without dropping a set. There was also doubles success, with Sophia Mezzone and Emily Ineson winning the girls U18 doubles event. This was the second doubles win this year for the girls. They building a nice little team!

Finally, up in Bolton Anna Popescu was competing in her 4th grade 2 British Tour event of the year. Anna worked her way through qualifying before defeating the 8th seed in the first round of the main draw. This opened up the draw for Anna and she made to the last 8. In her quarter-final, she came up against Serena Nash the 3rd seed and former junior rival. This would be a tough encounter as Nash hits the ball very flat and hard and would be looking to be the aggressor at every opportunity. This match proved to be one of the situations where you say to yourself “I didn’t lose, I just ran out of time!”. As the match went on, Anna continued to improve and get on top of more and more situations in the match. Unfortunately, Nash had enough of a lead to hold onto to victory and book her spot in the semi-final. Despite the result another encouraging step forward for Anna. She is improving with each week and the results at this level will come with the continued hard work she is putting in.

The events continue this week, with local tournaments at Gosling and Chesham as well as Anna playing her first ITF pro tour event outside of the UK in Greece, with a ladies 10K in Crete.

Good luck to all BETA players for a successful and productive week!

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