PRESS RELEASE – HARPENDEN LAWN TENNIS CLUB
Harpenden Lawn Tennis Club (HLTC) hosted their National Girls Schools Tournament last Saturday, drawing teams from as far afield as Surrey and Kent as well as a strong contingent from St. Albans High School for Girls. The High School posted some strong results, but all age categories were eventually won by Queenswood School.
This annual event, now in its 96th year, saw 35 teams of doubles pairs arrive at the club in brilliant sunshine to pit their skills against their rivals in a four round tournament across three age categories; Under 14, Under 16 and Under 19. Those losing in their first round match went forward into a consolation draw.
In the U14 category, St. Albans 1st team duo Rebecca Adhern Smith and Yasmin Knowles defeated their school’s second team 6-2, 6-2 to progress to the semi-finals, where they lost 6-4, 6-2 to the eventual tournament winners, Queenswood 1. The final between Queenswood 1 and Berkhamsted 1 was nail-bitingly close, eventually won by Queenswood on a 10-6 tie-break.
St. Albans U16 first team, Laura Nichols and Maria Selous, were beaten in their first match by a strong Sevenoaks team but went on to win the consolation plate, defeating Benenden 1 on a tie-break in the final. The St Albans U19 first team, Evie Altman and Nadia Melidoro, also entered their consolation draw, progressing to the finals where they lost to another strong Sevenoaks team.
Glorious weather ensured the event was well attended by both supporters and HLTC members, with a lively clubhouse atmosphere encouraged by the provision of a café and bar. Former tournament organiser, Joyce Snell, still a non-playing club member, attended the event and pronounced it to be in good hands, with an excellent standard of play. Olivia Peel of U16 Queenswood 1 said, “I really like this tournament and the clubhouse is really good too.” The event was sponsored by College Prospects of America, a sports scholarship placement service.
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