Smith wins singles and doubles titles
only ended up with one trophy.
After teaming up with husband Stewart to beat Jo Kilbourn and Alec Pearson in the veterans’ mixed doubles 6-0 7-6, she then lost to Kilbourn in the singles 6-0 6-2 before she and partner Michelle Ryan went down 6-3 6-4 to Tanya Petty and Antonia Hadfield in the doubles.
Olivia Scarles had an TOM Smith served up a treat as he became a double champion at the 105th Gerrard’s Cross LTA Club Championships.
The LTA-qualified coach’s energetic serve and volley game was too much for Dave Sellers, beating his opponent 7-5 6-3 in the men’s singles final before teaming up with Conor McHale to defeat Sellers and Peter Savage in the doubles 6-4 7-5.
Weihan Van Wyk managed to go one better than Smith, emerging as a triple champion.
The youngster beat Henry Hunt 6-0 6-0 in the Road to Wimbledon B tournament, Noah Riley 6-2 6-1 in the U12 singles and finally teamed up with Jack Carling to win the boys’ doubles against Hunt and Riley.
William Evans matched Van Wyk’s three trophies by dispatching Will Mercer 5-3 4-0 in the U10 Club Championships, teaming up with Mercer to beat James Mason and Ed Hunt 5-3 4-2 in the U10 boys’ doubles and then defeated surprise package Jacob Mellows 5-3 4-2 in the U10 Road to Wimbledon final.
Rene Taylor was also involved in three finals at last week’s event, but impressive day, recovering from a set down against Manasi Kumar to win the U12 girls’ singles trophy 6-7 6-3 10-4 and then teaming up with Sarah Ewart-Smith to defeat Zoe Peters and the unfortunate Kumar in the doubles.
Olivia Mason followed her namesake’s example, becoming a double champion in her own age group by triumphing over Aisling McCarthy in the U15 girls’ singles, 6-4 6-1, and edging past McCarthy and Laura Wilson alongside partner Carys Evans in the doubles.
Herve de la Barre won the men’s veterans’ singles, beating Peter Savage on the way to the final, where he defeated the aptly named Johnny Elder 6-3 6-2.
Savage and Stewart Taylor took the doubles at a canter, defeating Elder and his partner Peter Cook.
Freddy Crooks beat James Cairns 6-2 3-6 6-1 to take the U18 boys’ singles title while Crooks and Cairns then teamed up to go a set and a break up against Dan Buckeldee and Alex Hattam, before crumbling to a 6-7 6-3 6-3 defeat.
Aneka Patel had an auspicious day of tennis, first winning the U8 girls’ singles title by beating Amber Razzaq in the final 10-7 and then finishing runner-up to Argia Servaes in the U9s.
In the boys’ section, Will Diver made it to the U8s final the hard way, defeating top seed Benji OrrEwing before dispatching Dexter Dalson in the final 10-3.
The Orr-Ewings had a tough time in the U9s as well with Jacob Mellows victorious over Zac in the final 7-5 5-7 7-3 having defeated Zac’s twin Elijah in the semi.
PRIZE GUYS: (Standing) Wiehan Van Wyk, Jack Carling, Raj Uppal, James Eykyn, Noah Riley and Henry Hunt. (kneeling) Jacob Mellows, Will Evans and Edward Hunt at the Gerrards Cross LTC Club Championships