10:30AM, Wednesday 11 September 2019
Maidenhead Tennis Club's summer season reached its annual climax with finals day on Sunday.
The event once again illustrated the club's strength in depth, especially among its juniors players, with players contesting 43 senior and junior finals.
Among those celebrating on Sunday night were Lewis Brown, who held on to his men's singles title after a 6-1, 6-3 win over Sanjo Mathew.
The men's doubles final was also a tightly contested affair in which Richard Downs and Andrew Flynn recovered from losing the first set to to beat Ricardo Antunes and Steven Woolland 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.
Flynn got his hands on another trophy later in the day when he and Tabitha Blackburn beat Richard Downs and Lauren Webb 6-3, 6-4 in the mixed doubles final.
Some of the more interesting finals took place between the ladies with junior Eva Lancaster getting the better of Amber Knight 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 in the ladies singles final. Lancaster and Knight then teamed up to win the doubles against Nasreen Brittain and Lauren Webb.
Club chairman Sue Topchik highlighted the success of the various junior players in this year's finals, saying: "The juniors have particularly shone through and they are very much the future of our game."
Four of Maidenhead Ladies Tennis club teams topped their respective divisions this season and gained promotion to the league above.
The first team, captained by Jacqui Bird, topped Division 2 after winning four of their five matches.
Reflecting on an impressive summer she said: “We’ve been really lucky to have some of the club’s amazing juniors playing alongside the experienced ladies this season.
“They have been a credit to the club and themselves. Next season we’ll be back in Division 1 which is where we belong.”
The second team followed suit by winning their division with three victories, a draw and a defeat. Captained by Nasreen Brittain the club have been promoted into Division 2. She said: “A fantastically close season was decided on the very last fixture against Twyford Ladies 1sts.
The season was nip and tuck all the way but we managed to get the promotion to Division 2 we really wanted. A big thank you to all who got us there.”
Rosie Morton’s third team were pipped to promotion by Wokingham 2nds after a nail-biting final match.
Wokingham and Maidenhead were equal on points but Wokingham had a better sets percentage record.
“What a season,” said Morton. “Every match and every set counted. The players put everything into the last match which decided who would be demoted and who would be promoted in the league.”
The fourth team have also been promoted after finishing second in Division 5B with a record of three wins and two defeats.
Again their fate was sealed in the final match which they won 4-0.
Patricia Barrett’s fifth team finished fifth in Division 5A and will remain there next season, but they only came three points behind the eventual winners in a congested league.
While the sixth team, captained by Sandra Rogerson, topped Division 6A to secure promotion to Division 5.
“We’ve had a very successful season and have introduced new players into the team who have never played team tennis before,” said Rogerson.
Jacqui Bird added: “I am beyond proud at how well all the ladies at Maidenhead have played this season.
“Next year will be tough but we’ll be ready and will hopefully build on our successes this season for the upcoming winter season and beyond.”
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