Tennis stars shone
PUBLISHED: 17:34 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:29 10 June 2010
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EAST Devon Tennis Centre stars shone as brightly as anyone on a rain affected finals day at the 110th Torbay Open at Torquay, where Jack Findel-Hawkins was crowned both singles and doubles champion in the 14 and under age group, writes Tony Atkins.
EAST Devon Tennis Centre stars shone as brightly as anyone on a rain affected finals day at the 110th Torbay Open at Torquay, where Jack Findel-Hawkins was crowned both singles and doubles champion in the 14 and under age group, writes Tony Atkins. Great Britain junior Katie Millar was just one win away from retaining the girls' 14 and under title. Seeded three behind Kim Schmider (Cheshire) and Ffion Davies (South Wales), Millar was to storm past the second-seeded Davies 6-0, 6-2 in the semi-finals.But in her first head-to-head with the impressive 12-year-old Schmider, it was Millar who came off second best, 7-5, 6-2, despite coming back from 5-3 down in the first set and 3-0 down in the second.Jack Findel-Hawkins, having worked so hard to reach the final of the 128-strong 14 and under boys' singles, was given an unexpected winners' bonus after opponent and number one seed Kasha Nejad (Avon) gave the Devonian a walk-over.Both boys will be joined at Wimbledon by Devon qualifiers Emma Cooper (Woodbury Salterton) and Liberty Brown (Budleigh) and the two girls got in the groove by capturing the girls' 14 and under doubles title at Torbay, beating local rival Sarah Collinge (Exmouth) and Lottie Vaughan (Wales) 7-5, 6-0 in the final.In the final of the girls' 18 and under doubles, Samantha Kenshole (Clyst St Mary) and Rachel Williams were beaten by Claire Tresidder and Emily Wicks (Cornwall) 6-1, 6-3.Exmouth's Oskar Wynne, seeded 20 in the boys' 16 and under singles, beat Jean Marc-Krone (Hants) 6-3, 6-3 to reach the last 16 but, in the 18 and under event, Wynne caused an upset by knocking out Liam Stokes, the No 22 seed, from Staffordshire 6-2, 5-7, 10-5 to reach the fifth round. In the girls' 12 and under singles, Isabella Brown (Budleigh) was beaten in the semi-finals by Meryl Bird (South Wales) 6-2, 6-1. It was a disappointment for the number one seed who reached the semi-finals after beating Mary Hartley (Glos) 7-5, 6-2.Over 30 finals - including main draw events, kids' mini-tennis plus consolation singles, were completed on Torbay Open finals day.