Stamford Tennis Club
HSBC Road to Wimbledon 2016
14U Girls – Sunday 29th May
Pictured from left to right: Ella, Rosie, Evie, Rose and Annabel.
Despite early forecasts predicting a sunny and hot afternoon the tournament began on a cool afternoon under grey skies but with only a light breeze. Not great for the spectators but ideal for the players.
Perhaps in hindsight choosing the Bank Holiday weekend at the start of the Half Term break wasn’t the best scheduling but options were limited by other factors. For whatever reason, only 5 girls entered the event. The Boys event didn’t even take place as only one player entered.
The girls played a round robin format with each match comprising of one set to 6 games, with two clear. 7 point tie break at 6 games all if necessary.
The first round saw Annabel drawn against Rosie. Annabel was a bit slow to get going while Rosie started very strongly, Rosie racing through to take the match 6-1. In the other match of the round, Evie played Ella. These two have played several times before in different events and the head-to-head is pretty even. Although on court much longer than the other match of the round, Ella was very steady throughout and comfortably took the set 6-2.
Round Two and it was pre-tournament favourite Rose against Rosie and Evie versus Annabel. Rose played well up to her billing and won fairly comfortably, 6-0. Evie and Annabel had a very close match, Annabel edging it 6-3.
The third round saw the sun finally breaking through onto perhaps the closest match of the day with Ella taking on Rose. Ella had realised that perhaps taking on Rose in a battle to see who could hit hardest was not perhaps the best tactic and instead played a good mixture of pace and high, loopy balls, floated deep to Rose’s backhand. This tactic definitely was effective and the first six games were tied at 3-3. Rose however kicked on from here, playing more aggressively on mid court balls and especially on balls to her forehand, looking to build or finish the rally, where early she seemed content to trade with Ella, looking for Ella to make mistakes. Three close games followed, Rose taking the set 6-3. A lot of credit is due to Ella for playing smart tactics though. Rosie played Evie in the other match of the round and with Evie playing a much more even game and improving her tactical choices on the right ball, she took the set 6-2.
In the fourth round, Annabel played Ella and Rose was up against Evie. In both matches, the players who were sitting at the top of the leader board emphasised their dominance, Rose winning 6-1 and Ella winning 6-2.
The fifth and final round saw Ella play Rosie in the first match. Although there did not appear to be much between the girls early on, Ella ran away with the last few games to take the set 6-1. Second match of the round saw Rose playing Evie. Evie battled well and played some lovely attacking shots but Rose’s overall strength and accuracy took her to a 6-2 win.
Once the scores were all in, we had a three way tie for third place with Evie, Rosie and Annabel each winning one match. Ella finished comfortably ahead in runner-up spot with three wins. Rose finished top of the table and undefeated with four wins from four. Rose will now go through to the Lincolnshire county final over the weekend of 9-10th July, hoping to progress on through to the National Finals, played at Wimbledon, 8-12th August.