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Two ti­tles in three hours TEN­NIS

Harefield Gazette - - ADULT SERVICES 18+ -

MARTINA Paladini Jen­nings made it a week to re­mem­ber after clinch­ing both the U16s and U18s Mid­dle­sex Ju­nior County Cham­pi­onships.

The 14-year-old from Uxbridge did not drop a set dur­ing the five days of play at Padding­ton Sports Cen­tre.

Ranked in the top five at both age lev­els at county level, Paladini Jen­nings shook off the com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing both num­ber two rank­ings – Mizuki Sakurai and Jen­nifer Go­gova – in the re­spec­tive semi-fi­nals.

But her time to shine came at the end of the week when she had to play both fi­nals in the space of three hours.

The teenager first beat U18s num­ber one player Nanami Ya­m­aguchi 6-3 6-3, then the U16s num­ber four Mandi Fu­raji 6-1 6-2 in just 20 min­utes.

Paladini Jen­nings fea­tured in the Road to Wim­ble­don event last month and reached the semi-fi­nal of her Aegon Bri­tish Women’s tour in Padding­ton on Fri­day.

She is ex­pect­ing to play in some Ju­nior In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion tour­na­ments in Europe to build her ex­pe­ri­ence and is look­ing for spon­sors to help her do so.

Any­one in­ter­ested can email her mother, An­gel­ica, at paladini.jen­nings@gmail.com.

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