The province’s up-and-coming tennis talent certainly made their mark during the recent Clarke Construction Marlborough Junior Winter Open staged at Pollard Park.
Almost 70 players, including entrants from Auckland, Cambridge, Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury and Otago took part in the popular annual event.
Play started early on Saturday morning [July 13] with a full schedule booked in given the poor weather forecast for Sunday. Ultimately 110 matches were played on Saturday, the last few finishing under lights as poor weather on Sunday meant the whole day’s play was abandoned.
The eight and under boys’ section was very close, three players finishing on the same points with a countback of games separating them. Levi Wu from Auckland was the winner with Zac Fleming from Nelson runner up. In the doubles Wu teamed up with local player Charlie Clark to take the title.
The eight and under girls’ title went to Marlborough local Harriet Cornelius, with fellow Marlborough player Mia Harris runner-up. The pair then combined to win the doubles title as well.
Zach Wu, from Auckland defeated local Josh Harris in the 10 and under boys’ final, after Harris had toppled the top seed in the quarter finals. Unfortunately the doubles final was unable to be played.
The 10 and under girls’ division featured a tense final with local favourite Poppy Parkinson playing well but ultimately losing a very tight match 11-9 in the third set tie-breaker to Canterbury-based Dasha Sanina. In the doubles Shaylyn Ilton and Charlotte Mccashin from Nelson were victorious.
Felix Parkinson dominated the 12 and under boys’ division, beating fellow Marlborough player Ryo Kimura in the final. The doubles final was unable to be played.
The 12 and under girls’ final was fought out between visitors Maia Liu and Maggie Crosby. With darkness setting in the girls had to move under lights, Liu prevailing 6-4 6-2.
In the open boys’ division Oscar Parkinson won the final against Aidin Watt from Ashburton. Watt then teamed up with Josh Karathra to win the doubles title.
Lily Parkinson claimed the open girls’ title, beating fellow Marlborough local Grace Howard in the final. Unfortunately the doubles final was unable to be played.