Amanda smashes the opposition to net title

PUBLISHED: 13:47 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009

COUNTY tennis ace Amanda Elliott won the women s singles title at the first British Tour tournament of 2008 at Birmingham s Billesley Tennis Centre. The 18-year-old defeated South Wales Olivia Scarfi 6-0, 7-6 (2) in the final to net the title. Herts girl

COUNTY tennis ace Amanda Elliott won the women's singles title at the first British Tour tournament of 2008 at Birmingham's Billesley Tennis Centre.

The 18-year-old defeated South Wales' Olivia Scarfi 6-0, 7-6 (2) in the final to net the title.

Herts girl Elliott had earlier beaten Dorset's Michelle Farley 6-1, 6-1 in the last eight and Yorkshire's Jessica Ren 6-1, 7-5 in the semi-finals.

The right-hander currently has a singles world ranking of 640 and a doubles world ranking of 357.

Peter Greatorex, British Tour manager, said: "Amanda was the number one seed in the women's event and justified this rank by dominating proceedings throughout the week.

"Amanda did not drop a set during the entire tournament and thoroughly deserved to win the first women's British Tour title of 2008."

Playing alongside a number of seasoned campaigners, the British Tour is used as a stepping stone to the professional game by the country's most promising juniors.

The tour takes place throughout the year with 20 tournaments being held at different venues being played.

At the end of the year, a Masters tournament is contested between the top 24 men and women, who qualify for the event by gaining points throughout the season.

The next British Tour tournament is at Sheffield's Graves Tennis Centre where qualifying begins on Sunday, February 3 and the finals take place on February 9.

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