Ely TC championship
Mon 01 Oct 2018
10is players and Ely Tennis club players produced another day of top quality tennis in Sunday's Ely Tennis Club finals day of its 2018 Annual Club Championships.
More than eight hours of tennis saw six adult finals and six plate finals all being contested at the Ely Outdoor Sports Association.
First on court were the "Over 60's mixed doubles". Anne Hefferman paired with Stephen Watts battled over 2 hours against Patricia Gray and with Chris Heath to finally take the title (2/6 6/2 6/3)
The men's doubles final was won by Sebastien Scaux and Tom Shackleton. Sebastien and Tom were the defending champions but were pushed to the limits by Julian Brooks and Tim Glossop. Sebastien and Tom retained their title in three sets (4/6 6/4 7/5) in a high quality and very entertaining match.
Sebastien Scaux and Tom Shackleton were back on court but this time on opposite sides of the net to play the men's singles final. Head coach Sebastien overcame first-time finalist and doubles partner, Tom Shackleton, in straight sets (6/4 6/1).
The ladies singles final saw two first time contestants: Rebecca Tomkins and Georgia Shields. 10is Academy player Georgia Shields won through a nervous final (6/4 6/2) . This was the first time that 13-year-old Georgia had entered the senior championships.
The ladies' doubles was won again by the defending champions Mary Finney and Sylvia Hansen. 10is coach Fiona Dyer partnered with Andrea Newman tried everything but the champions proved too much, winning in straight sets (6/1 6/2).
The mixed final saw Alisa Chirgadze and Tom Shackleton (playing his third final) beat Julian Brooks and Mary Finney (both of them playing their second final) in a close, entertaining battle, winning a Championship tie-break decider by the narrowest of margins in the second set before taking the title in the last set (3/6 7/6 (9/7) 6/3).
In the Plate tournaments they were victories for: Brenda Pearce and John Darby in the "Over 60's mixed doubles", Steve McLaughlin and Steven Gill in the "Men's doubles", Rebecca Sheldrick in the the "Ladies", 10is coach Tim Beddoes in the "Men's", Cathy Kirby and Rebecca Sheldrick in the "Ladies doubles", Sandrine Harvey and Paul Briggs in the "Mixed doubles".
Tournament organiser Mel Henderson said: "What a great day of tennis we had at the 2018 Ely TC championship Finals.
Congratulations to all our finalists for giving us such an entertaining day."