19 April 2015 – Elena Baltacha Mini-Red Series (Event 4)

Elena Baltacha Mini-Red Series (Event 4) Sunday 19 April 2015 The fourth qualifying event in the Elena Baltacha Mini-Red Series took place on Sunday 19 April 2015 at the home of the Academy here in Ipswich. Event 4 was the last in the qualifying events with points still to play for in order for players to build enough points to make the final 16 in both the Boys & Girls Tournaments in late May 2015. The boys tournament is getting tougher and tougher with each stage being players out. Making it through to the Semi-Final stage, Daniel Franco-Key, Elliot Thomas, Lewis Hind & Freddie Clarke. In a repeat of February’s Semi-Final Daniel took on EBAT player Elliot. Unfortunately for Elliot it was the same result as Daniel came away with a 10 – 3 victory. The other Semi-Final took place between EBAT player Lewis Hind & Freddie Clark. Tough match always for any player taking on Freddie who works hard for every point. Lewis has being improving as the Series has developed and managed to overcome Freddie with an 11 – 9 victory. Third & Fourth place play-off was a repeat of February's – (an epic match which Freddie won 18 – 16). Yet again a gruelling encounter with Elliot coming away with a well-deserved 10 – 7 win. The Final was an absolute classic with 2 time EBAT Event winner taking on final debutant Lewis. With both players trading well and fighting hard for every point – it was tough just to even win one point. Both players should be congratulated for their excellent attitudes and application to their tennis. Unfortunately for Lewis, Daniel was just a little more consistent on this occasion running out 10 – 7 to become our three time Champion. Boys Event: Winner:                 Daniel Franco - Key Runner-Up:          Lewis Hind (EBAT) 3rd Place:               Elliott Thomas (EBAT) 4th Place:               Freddie Clark Some excellent tennis over in the Girls Tournament as well with EBAT player Bliss Wilson pushing Suffolk player, and EBAT Event 2 (February) Winner, Imogen Callaghan to 10 – 8. Players making it through to the Semi-Final were Elena Fairweather, Gigi Gebhard, Imogen Callaghan & Florence Pritchard-Gordon. The first Semi-Final was an all EBAT contest with Elena & Gigi battling for a place in the final. Great effort from Gigi to push Elena all the way with Elena eventually coming through 10 – 6. The second Semi-Final took place between Florence & Imogen with Florence edging the match 10 – 7. Third & Fourth play-off took place between Gigi & Imogen. Impressive display from Gigi to follow up her 4th place In February’s tournament with a 10 – 8 victory over Imogen to claim a first third place. Great to have a new player attending the tournament with Florence making the final to face EBAT player, Elena. A third place placement last time for Elena – so by making the final it was already an improvement from the last tournament. A brilliant match between the two players with Elena eventually claiming her first Tournament victory with a 12 – 10 win. Girls Event: Winner:                 Elena Fairweather (EBAT) Runner-Up:          Florence Pritchard - Gordon 3rd Place:               Gigi Gebhard (EBAT) 4th Place:               Imogen Callaghan Our thanks always to the players for their excellent attitudes both on and off court, and also to the parents from both within and outside the Academy who are always extremely supportive of one another. Onto the Series Final event which will take place on Sunday 24 May 2015. This is an invitation tournament with the top 16 boys and girls qualifying for the final event. Invitations to attend will be emailed out to parents by the end of April. Elena Baltacha Mini-Red Series (Event 4) Girls Winner:                            Elena Fairweather 11008543_824192240990278_3128986808802338275_n   Girls Runner-Up:                    Florence Pritchard - Gordon 994178_824192537656915_5483124849343155749_n   Boys Winner:                           Daniel Franco - Key 11150907_824192410990261_2655657788204837424_n   Boys Runner-Up:                   Lewis Hind 11069882_824192530990249_4320524203096971700_n   Competitors 10702164_824199810989521_2828321360209457207_n  

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