Robin off to a fine start

TEENAGE tennis sensation Robin Goodman has made a great start to his challenge in the Donarbon Cambridge Junior Open. The 15-year-old from Littleport is the number one seed and defending champion in both the under-16 and under-18 singles tournaments. And

TEENAGE tennis sensation Robin Goodman has made a great start to his challenge in the Donarbon Cambridge Junior Open.

The 15-year-old from Littleport is the number one seed and defending champion in both the under-16 and under-18 singles tournaments.

And his bid to reach the final on Saturday has begun well, winning his under-16 first round match on Monday and booking his place in the quarter-finals with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Suffolk's Danny Clark.

It has been a busy week for the City of Ely Community College student. In addition to playing in the Donarbon singles and doubles tournaments, Robin is also a member of the senior county squad competing in the Senior County Cup at Fenner's.


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Robin, who is coached by the LTA's coach of the year Sue Rich, is looking to extend a magnificent run of results this season. He was narrowly beaten 0-6, 7-6, 6-4 by Pieter van Houten in the final of the Cambridgeshire Senior County closed tournament.

Robin also reached the final of the men's doubles with Tim Pountain-Holes but lost out to van Houten and David Mills.

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And last week, Robin produced a great run in the Winchester Tennis Europe event, beating the number two seed and third-ranked player in the country James Turbervill in the second round.

Robin made it all the way to the quarter-finals where he lost to Hertfordshire's Matt Thompson, who is ranked number nine in the country.

The Donarbon open has become one of the top tournaments in the region after it was upgraded to an Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) level three event.

More than 200 of the best juniors from around the country have entered the tournament and all age group finals are due to take place on Saturday.

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