Welwyn junior open is a smashing success

PUBLISHED: 13:15 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009

Charlotte Nicholls

Charlotte Nicholls

IN THE scorching sun with temperatures reaching 29 degrees, the LTA Welwyn Junior Open Tennis Tournament was once again highly competitive. The event, sponsored by Stephen Howard Homes and Glasson Metalworks, saw some exciting matches throughout the week

IN THE scorching sun with temperatures reaching 29 degrees, the LTA Welwyn Junior Open Tennis Tournament was once again highly competitive.

The event, sponsored by Stephen Howard Homes and Glasson Metalworks, saw some exciting matches throughout the week involving players from Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties.

Finals day saw Welwyn regular player Charlotte Nicholls dominate her match in the girls' 14 and under, beating Samantha Mooney of Milton Keynes 6-2, 6-2.

Local Welwyn boys Lewis Andrews and Harvey Shackleton also had a tournament to remember.

Andrews finished as runner-up in the boys' 14 under section and Shackleton took the 12 and under title.

Welwyn St Mary's Primary School pupil Shackleton was invited to play in a junior exhibition match at the world famous Wimbledon during this summer's tournament, so he is undoubtedly one for the future.

Lewis, who was leading 2-0 and 4-2 in both sets, was clawed back by his opponent William Readshaw.

William's strong attacking play secured the Sawbridgeworth player a 6-4, 6-4 win.

Harvey held himself together in a very hard-fought match and beat Harpenden's Thomas Hewitt 7-5, 6-4.

Hewitt had earlier in the day won the boys' 10 and under title, beating Letchworth's Peter Hale 4-2, 4-2.

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