Young tennis stars battle through tie break to take win


Tennis Ely Tennis Club’s under 10s held their nerve to beat David Lloyd Cambridge in a nerve-wracking tie break decider.

The match took place in Cambridge and saw Julian Brooks, Georgia Shields, Olivia Jenkins and Patrick Mangell turn out for Ely.

The match started with the doubles, with Brooks and Shields paired together against Elina Prakash and Amelie Smish.

And it was the Ely pair who turned on the style, winning 4-0, 4-0 in consummate fashion. But David Lloyd hit back in the second set of doubles, with Ely’s Jenkins and Mangell beaten 4-2, 4-1 by the host club’s Sophie Allen and Simal Rashid.

Next up, the players were drawn in singles competition and Brooks put Ely into the lead with a 4-0, 4-0 win over Prakash.

But David Lloyd hit back to take the lead with victories for Allen and Rashid over Jenkins and Mangell respectively.

With defeat looming, the pressure was on Shields to send the match to a tiebreaker, and she came through in a battling display by beating Smish, 3-5, 4-1, 10-6.

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The deciding match was a doubles, with Brooks and Shields teaming up against to beat a pair from Cambridge and claim the overall 4-3 win for Ely.

Sebastien Scaux, of Ely Tennis Club, said: “Julian’s presence helped the team to feel calm and collected.

“Georgia is getting stronger after every match, demonstrating that she has the potential to fight with the best, while Olivia and Patrick are showing promising signs that if they carry on working hard as they do now they will catch up and be competitive.

“Ely’s 10is Academy is a place where children can be children, enjoy themselves and learn to be to be competitive at the same time.

“We are very proud of our young players but also very proud of their parents, who are very supportive.”

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