County tennis aces in mixed fortunes

PUBLISHED: 18:51 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

THERE were mixed fortunes for Herts teenage tennis aces in the 14U County Cup in Birmingham over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The county s boys lost their Division Two status for 2009 in their event at Edgbaston. But there was better luck for Herts gir

THERE were mixed fortunes for Herts' teenage tennis aces in the 14U County Cup in Birmingham over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

The county's boys lost their Division Two status for 2009 in their event at Edgbaston.

But there was better luck for Herts' girls in their competition held in Solihull as they produced a string of smashing performances to secure promotion from Division Three.

They saw off Notts 5-1 on day one after losing just one of the six matches and then battled hard to defeat a resolute Cambridgeshire side 4-2, finishing strongly by netting both doubles rubbers.

The players were met by poor weather conditions on day three, which resulted in a change of court surface.

However, this didn't deter the Herts girls who grabbed a 4-2 victory against South Wales.

This ensured promotion to group two next year, much to the delight of team captain Sarah Donovan.

"It was a fantastic few days of tennis from the girls," she said.

"The atmosphere was great, and I think the girls' intensity and enthusiasm really shone through."

The side featured Brookmans Park hotshot Bea Kight, who Donovan paid particular credit to.

She added: "Bea impressed us (the coaches) greatly, especially in her doubles performances, where she won both.

"She is a superb role model for the younger players, and showed fantastic enthusiasm in each game she played in."

Herts' boys are going in the opposite direction though.

The team, including Hatfield youngster Ronald Mataba, battled hard against strong opposition, but it was to no avail as they were relegated from Division Two.

They had a tough battle on day one against Buckinghamshire and were even at 2-2 after the singles rounds.

Unfortunately, Bucks took both doubles points and won the day 4-2.

Day two was a total washout due to heavy rain, which left it to day three to get all the remaining matches completed.

And the boys will have perhaps been wishing for a further delay in proceedings, as they suffered defeats to both Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire to end up being demoted to Division Three for next season.

However, the boys gave their all and it was purely the high standard of opposition that ended their stay in the division.

The Herts team will be hoping for an immediate return to the second tier next time round.

The U14 team members will now be focussing their sights on the National Tennis Finals to be held in Bournemouth across two weeks in August where they will be looking to bring more success to Herts Tennis.


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