Junior National Championships

In the week commencing 20th August, the Junior National Championships were held in Bournemouth and Nottingham, with Dukes Meadows being highly represented in several different age groups. Dukes Meadows players include: Ellie BlackfordRanah Stoiber, Sofia Johnson, Guilia Lesa, Sirena Waas, Kai-Luca Ampaw and Rosie Speed.

The 12&under age category events were being held in Bournemouth. In the girls singles event, fifth seed Ellie Blackford reached the quarterfinals with two straight set wins. In the first round Ellie beat Annalise Smith comfortably with a 6-0 6-0 win. She continued her great form into the second round meeting with Hannah Ryaltt, clinching the win 6-0 6-3. Her great run came to an end in the quarterfinals, losing to Sophya Devas 6-3 6-2. In the boys event, Kai-Luca Ampaw reached the second round with a 6-3 7-5 win over Thomas Naylor, before losing against fourth seed Viktor Frydrych.

In the 14&under girls singles event in Nottingham, eighth seed Ranah Stoiber opened up with a solid 6-1 7-6 (1) win against Natalie Wagner. In the next round Ranah faced Chloe Elliott, and swiftly moved into the quarterfinals with another impressive 6-2 7-5 win. An encounter with fourth seed Kristina Paskauskas proved difficult, with Ranah eventually losing 6-2 6-2.

Sofia Johnson also competed in both the 14&under and 16&under girls singles events. Sofia had an amazing run in the 16U event, reaching the final after being a qualifier for the main draw. In the first round, she went a set down to Natalya Ogunwale but fought back to win 3-6 6-4 6-1. Sofia moved on to beat the sixth seed Lily Hutchings in straight sets, with a 6-2 7-5 win, meaning she reached the quarterfinals, setting up an encounter with the number two seed Alicia Dudeney. Sofia comfortably disposed of Alicia with an impressive 6-2 6-2 win, and her amazing run continued in the semi finals, beating seventh seed Charlotte Russell 6-1 7-6(5). Unfortunately, Sofia lost in the final, however a great achievement nonetheless!

Sofia Johnson

Sofia Johnson

Congratulations to Ellie Blackford and partner Hannah Rylatt who won the U12 girls doubles at the Junior National Tennis Championships. Great work Ellie and Hannah!

Ellie Blackford and her partner Hannah Rylatt

Ellie Blackford and her partner Hannah Rylatt

Congratulations to Ranah Stoiber and partner Given Roach who won the U14 girls doubles at the Junior National Tennis Championships in Nottingham.

Ranah and her partner Given

Ranah and her partner Given