Go West! Historic day for brother and sister duo at Orchard Tennis Club finals

PUBLISHED: 16:27 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:27 12 July 2017

Danielle and James West with their huge trophy haul from the Orchard Tennis Club Finals Day.

Danielle and James West with their huge trophy haul from the Orchard Tennis Club Finals Day.


History was made on Sunday at Orchard Tennis Club in WGC as brother and sister James and Danielle West swept the board at the club's annual championships.

The pair dominated the day’s proceedings from start to finish, winning first their respective singles matches, then their men’s and ladies doubles matches and finally the mixed doubles to net a phenomenal total of five titles between them.

Never before had all the main events on finals day been won by siblings.

For men’s captain James, 26, it was a successful defence of his 2016 singles title as he defeated 15-year-old Kuba Hliwa in a far more competitive game than the 6-1 6-0 score suggests.

His next title came in the men’s doubles with Aleem Cummins.

They were against defending champions Adam Reid and Stuart Leach and after three sets of top quality tennis, they took a final set tie break by eight points to six.

Danielle, 23, also started in the singles where she took on the former 14-times champion Clare Robinson.

It took three sets but eventually West triumphed 3-6 6-3 6-1.

After a short break Danielle moved on to the ladies doubles and teamed up with Natalie Skilbeck to play Robinson and Yvonne Stanbury.

And this was done and dusted in straight sets 6-1 6-2.

The pair then teamed up for the mixed doubles against Adam Reid and ladies’ captain Clare Smith

And while Reid and Smith made a good fist of it, they were unable to stop the relentless West’s who won 6-1 6-2.

To add to the remarkable afternoon for the West family, James and Danielle’s mother, Sue, also got in on the act, playing in one of the two other finals of the day, the mixed doubles plate.

She partnered Gavin Johnstone in the competition created for the first round losers of the main mixed doubles competition. Unfortunately she could not make it a clean sweep for the entire family as they lost to Erin Howard and Hliwa 6-2 6-2.

The only final of the day not to feature the West family was the Over 50s mixed doubles.

The contest saw husband and wife, Simon and Steph Winfield, successfully defend their title against Rae Walter and Paul Ketchley in an entertaining match which ended 6-4 6-2.

The club’s junior finals day takes place on Sunday, July 23.

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