THE King’s Ely Senior girls’ tennis squad took on Wyggeston College and Bedford Girls in the first round of the National Aegon Team Tennis Competition last week.
Although it was the first time that the school has entered the competition, which is open to anyone with a rating between 7.1 and 10.2, the girls put on a smashing performance, finishing in a highly respectable second place.
The format was a singles set each and two doubles matches, and four girls could play in each match. After losing to Bedford in the first match, the Senior girls were determined to win their second match against Wyggeston College. Natta Pornsirianant and Danel Azimova won their singles matches 6-2 and 6-0 respectively. To win the match, the team had to win both of the doubles games. Laura Huffer and Natta came away with a 6-4 win, and Danel and Caroline Shropshire played a fantastic game, coming from 5-1 behind to win in a tie-break 7-5. Their amazing comeback meant King’s Ely won the fixture and came second overall in the first round of the competition.
“We are all extremely proud of the way in which the girls played,” commented team coach, Sebastien Scaux.