TENNIS: Young aces finish third

The Bedfordshire U10 girls side
The Bedfordshire U10 girls side

The Bedfordshire Girls U10 county team competed at Bolton Arena in the national finals of the Aegon County Cup, finishing in third place.

In the build-up to the competition, Beds competed in Woodbridge, Suffolk, where they saw off Norfolk 4-0 and Suffolk 3-1.

They then defeated Cambridgeshire 4-0 and Hertfordshire 3-1 to win the group and progress through to the Nationals.

At the finals, first up was Leicestershire on Friday, with Beds 2-1 down after the singles, before going on to win the doubles and the tie-break shootout 10-4.

Saturday morning saw a 3-1 victory secured against the west of Scotland that set up a group decider against Staffordshire.

Taking a 2-1 lead into the doubles, things were looking good for Beds.

Unfortunately the doubles team from Staffs proved to be too strong as they made it 2-2 and won the doubles shootout 10-7.

This meant a third/fourth place play-off against Surrey on Sunday.

Leading 2-1 after the singles, the girls raced into a 4-0 lead in the doubles.

Surrey, however, fought back – taking the second set 4-0 and winning the tie-break to level the tie at 2-2.

The shootout was a tense affair that was eventually won by Beds 10-5, securing a fine third in their first appearance in the national finals.

The team was made up of Jaquelyn Ogunwale, Jessica Matthews, Liza Verzhbitskaya and captain Tony Woolf.