Smith clinches one out of three during busy tournament week
Young tennis star wins doubles match final
GREAT Missenden’s Ben Smith had a busy week at the 37th annual Gerrards Cross LTC Junior and Senior-Open Tournament – winning one final and losing two others.
Smith played no less than 14 matches over the six days, with his first final an U16 boys singles clash against Krishan Taneja, in which both players showed great resilience but Taneja took the title 7-6 4-6 7-6.
Smith then partnered Miles Groom, of Chesham Bois, in the U16 boys doubles final against Ethan Chow and Edwin Lau. Despite being 7-6 6-6 5-1 down in the seven point tie-break, they stormed back by winning the next six points to draw level at one set all before winning six of the next eight games.
Smith also teamed up with Brendan Emmanuel for the U18 boys doubles final, but they lost to Nathan Fernandes and Alex Zuckerman 7-6 4-6 6-2.
Ashni Sangha, from Stoke Poges, won the U10 girls singles against Sophie-Marie Lowe 5-3 4-2, then teamed up with Cassandra Emmanuel to beat the same player Sophie, partnering top seed Isabelle Lacey 5-3 4-2 in the doubles final.
The U8 boys competition saw a repeat of the Club Championships final, where Gayhurst’s Josh Fienberg and Thorpe House’s Ben Carby played another exciting final, but Josh’s bigger serves and consistent groundstrokes gave him a 10-7 win.
Halton’s Oscar Glenister lost the U18 boys final to Matthew Carroll 6-1 6-4, but having beaten the huge-serving Joseph Southcombe 4-6 6-2 7-5, he badly damaged his knee so had to retire from both the men’s singles final against Carroll and doubles semifinal.
Doubles specialists and USA university tennis scholars Seb Rey and Brad Marriott dominated a strong mens doubles event, beating Ed Harwood and Halton’s Jake Williams 6-3 6-1 in the final.
Top seed Sophie Ivansky, of Iver Heath, fought hard against Jacquelyn Ogunwale in the U16 girls singles final before losing 6-2 6-3, while Hazlewood’s Jenny Gogova beat Maria Pandya 7-5 6-3 in the ladies’ final.
The tournament was organised and refereed by Andy Scholfield, assisted by Peter Bresnen, Charlotte Thistle and Nick Higginson.
Tournament: (Clockwise from above) Ben Smith (right) lost to Krishan Taneja; Josh Fienberg and Ben Carby; Ashni Sangha