Queenswood serve up bronze in Brazil
PUBLISHED: 11:30 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 27 March 2017
Pupils impress at ITF World Schools’ Tennis Championships
Pupils from Queenswood School defied the odds to serve up a bronze medal for England at the ISF World Schools’ Tennis Championships in Brazil.
The group of Hertfordshire schoolgirls qualified for the prestigious event in Recife after winning the Aberdare Cup for a 27th time last summer and combined to great effect on the international stage.
After beating schools from China and Italy in two hard-fought matches, the Queenswood girls beat Brazilian rivals by a 5-0 margin to qualify for the quarter-finals.
A superb 4-1 win over a very strong Belgian team then set up a meeting with a school from Germany in the last four and the Queenswood girls were left to rue a number of injuries in the gruelling competition as they suffered defeat.
A bronze-medal play-off with Italy turned into a nerve-wracking affair, with the teams all square after four matches, before Queenswood won the final doubles match on a tie-break.
The team was captained by Georgie Walker, who has played at Junior Wimbledon and will take up a sports scholarship in the United States in September, and also included Bella Moen, ranked sixth at under-14 level in the country, German under-16 national champion Lilli Wiedenmann, Alexis Peet and Charlotte Tatham.
They enjoyed a cultural day in Recife during their stay and met Yane Marques, Brazil’s flag bearer at the Rio Olympics, as well as being interviewed by press, radio and TV stations as the event enjoyed a high profile.
Director of tennis Catherine Sluter said: “We had realistically been hoping for a top-eight finish. This was a really young team and they hugely exceeded expectations, losing just once in the entire tournament.
“Every member of the team coped incredibly well in nerve-wracking conditions and there are really exciting prospects for the future of tennis at Queenswood.”
Principal Jo Cameron added: “We are terrifically proud of the tennis team’s achievements. The level of support and excitement in school as the results came through was palpable.
“The girls received a huge standing ovation on their return and I would like to congratulate them and the staff who have coached and supported them on a fantastic result.”