September 28th, 2016

Ace performances from young Pershore Tennis Centre duo

Ace performances from young Pershore Tennis Centre duo Ace performances from young Pershore Tennis Centre duo
Imogen Looker (left) and Lucie Palmer (right) with their trophies from the 18 and under singles and doubles at Northampton.

PERSHORE Tennis Centre juniors Imogen Looker and Lucie Palmer have enjoyed some highly impressive results this summer.

Fourteen-year-old Imogen began a successful month with victory in a 16 and under Grade 4 tournament at Oxstalls in Gloucestershire and she followed this the next weekend by playing in Knighton, Leicester, in an 18 and under Grade 4 girls’ tournament.

Imogen won through both the quarter and semi-finals in straight sets and in the final met a higher rated and ranked player and, despite a good effort, Imogen lost out and had to settle for runner-up spot.

These results gave Imogen confidence as she headed to a National Tour Grade 2 tournament in Bath in which 32 of the country’s top players competed.

Imogen was thrilled to have been accepted into a tournament at this level – the last one of the summer season – and was even more excited when a confident performance saw her win her first round match in three sets.

She looked in control and took the first set 6-3 but then became anxious and lost the second set 6-3. However, staying calm and with some strong serving, she won the tie break 10-5.

Unfortunately she did not play her best tennis in the next round and lost in straight sets to a top player she would not have expected to beat anyway.

Last week, Imogen and club-mate Lucie, 15, travelled to Northampton for an 18 and under Grade 4 tournament which was heavily affected by rain.

In the girls’ singles, both players had a bye into the semis which Imogen won convincingly and Lucie also had a fantastic result as she beat a higher rated and ranked player in three sets.

Lucie went 3-0 down in the tie-break final set but kept her cool and served and rallied well to win 10-7 to reach the finals, in which she would face Imogen.

Imogen won the first set but Lucie fought back in a tough second set which Imogen eventually won 7-5 to triumph.

It was great to see Pershore Tennis Centre players as winner and runner-up and the success did not end there as then came the 18 and under doubles.

The girls again had a bye into the semis, which they won without losing a game.

In the final they met twin sisters, who play more doubles than singles and were strong net players, and the Pershore duo were edged out 7-5 to finish runners-up.

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