Pearce bounces back to claim final victory

PUBLISHED: 13:41 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 10 June 2010

A BRILLIANT performance from former European Player of the Year Jo Louis from Exmouth saw Devon s Over 40 ladies win the British title after beating East of Scotland 3-1 in the final, writes Tony Atkins.

A BRILLIANT performance from former European Player of the Year Jo Louis from Exmouth saw Devon's Over 40 ladies win the British title after beating East of Scotland 3-1 in the final, writes Tony Atkins.

After a hard fought season in Group 1b following victories over Durham & Cleveland (4-1), Avon (3-2) and last season's national champions Essex (3-2), Devon crushed Surrey (5-0) to set up the decider with Group 1a winners East of Scotland.

Unbeaten throughout at singles and doubles was Jo Louis who climaxed a great competition by beating Scottish No 1 Rosie Dennis in three sets and then partnering Yvonne Burrage to victory in the doubles.

Completing the Devon team were Pippa Britton (Shaldon) and ITF official Jackie Nesbitt who flew back from tennis duties in Doha in order to play. East Devon Tennis Centre player Catherine Palmer played two of the group matches.

Jo Louis was quick to give Jackie Nesbitt the lion's share of the praise for her fabulous support this year. "She is the best captain and friend and without Jackie captaining these events we would not have had the support of all the team," said Louis. "Jackie deserves so much credit."

East Devon Indoor Tennis Centre stars Natasha Mejzner and sisters Isabella and Liberty Brown teamed up with Issy Makin to steer Colyton Grammar School to a shock victory over Millfield in the LTA Nestle Team Championships.

A place in the regional finals at Bath University is theirs after beating the Somerset College on countback 26-22 games.

Liberty Brown was unbeaten in the four singles and two doubles format where she beat Kate Forrester 6-1 in the singles and partnered Natasha Mejzner to victory over Forrester and Octavia Stead 6-1.

Vital contributions from Isabella Brown over Katy Hancock 6-2 plus games from the un-rated Year 11 pupil Issy Makin saw the Devon quartet safely through.

Exmouth's Luke Pearce competed at the LTA Ivybridge matchplay event at the South Devon Tennis Centre near Plymouth but was beaten early on by Luke Rodd (Plymouth) 6-0, 6-1.

Consolation for 14-year-old Pearce saw him defeat Tom Walters (Plymouth) 6-2, 6-2 in the play-back competition.

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