There was a great turn out for the Ladies Open Doubles Rackets Tournament at Malvern College at the weekend with a record number of pairs being entered. The standard of play is improving all the time and it is great to see all the young players developing.
In the first semi-final India Deakin and Abbie Whybrow were too strong for their Cheltenham counterparts and the first game was won 15-0. Molly Clarke and, last year’s plate winner, Fionnuala Dowling-Membrado started to return with more regularity in the second game, but ultimately were outplayed and lost the second game 15-7
In the second semi-final Lauren Gooding and Issie Thorneycroft were relentless against the Old Cheltonians, India Blake and Georgie Gunn, winning 15-0, 15-2 and showing how to serve on the Malvern court.
The final was billed as a close match and that it was. Lauren and Issy won the first game 15-4, but India and Abbie fought back and won the second game 15-6. At one game all it was anyone’s match to win and at 9-9 there was nothing to separate the pairs, however Lauren’s serve and Issie’s forehand took the third game away from the Cheltenham pair and it was won 15-11. The fourth, and what was to be final game, followed in the same pattern and at 9-9 it was still in the balance, but again Lauren’s serve was too effective and gave the Wellington College pair their first Open Doubles Championship 3-1.
In the plate competition, which was an all Cheltenham affair, Tilly Wood and Lilly Sutton were too strong for Izzy England and Izzy Reid winning 15-2, 15-9. Again this was a match full of excellent rallies and impressive serving, however Tilly and Lilly were too consistent throughout the final
A fantastic day and some incredible rackets, culminating in a great victory for our new champions Lauren Gooding and Issie Thorneycroft
Master in Charge/Head Coach of Rackets