Connor Green won three golds, his older sister Erin won two and his twin sister Anna one on a fabulous second day of the Mark Bates Ltd Cadet, U17 & Junior National Championships.
With the Juniors in action and six titles decided, Connor Green took the Boys’ Singles, teamed up with Erin to win the Mixed, and won the Boys’ Doubles alongside Josh Bruce.
Erin & Anna Green won the Girls’ Doubles, but Anaya Patel prevented Erin matching her brother’s hat-trick as she successfully defended her Girls’ Singles title, beating Erin in the final.
There was history too as the first Junior Para champion was crowned – Joseph Fortnum-Adams taking that title.
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Mixed Para Singles
Joseph Fortnum-Adams defeated George Jarvis 3-1 (11-6, 9-11, 13-11, 11-3) to take the first Junior Para title. It was tight for the first three games, but Fortnum-Adams pulled away in the fourth after edging a tight third 13-11.
In the semi-finals, Fortnum-Adams came out on top in a see-saw encounter with Jaiden Caldeira, twice seeing his opponent claw back a one-game deficit. Fortnum-Adams eventually took it 3-2 (11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6).
The other semi-final was done in three as Jarvis got past Brighton TTC colleague Bly Twomey (7, 2, 5).
In the groups, the withdrawal of Bailey Page meant George Jarvis and Jaiden Caldeira both went through from Group 2. In the meeting to decide first place, it went to a fifth and it was Jarvis who came out on top 3-2 (14-12, 7-11, 11-5, 11-13, 11-5).
In Group 1, Joseph Fortnum-Adams won his two matches, in three against Daniel Thomson and four against Bly Twomey, to top the group. Twomey won her tie with Thomson 3-1 (11-1, 7-11, 11-6, 14-12) to go through to the semi-finals.
Anaya Patel defended her title but did it the hard way, with fifth-game deciders in every round on her way to the final.
By comparison, the gold medal match itself was relatively less stressful as second seed Patel denied sixth seed Erin Green a clean sweep by claiming a 3-1 (3-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6) victory.
Green booked her place in the final with a 3-1 (11-8, 6-11, 12-10, 12-10) victory over Evie Pace. Patel’s semi-final against Scarlett Anders went to five, though Patel always led on the way to winning 3-2 (11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3).
Green had ended the championship hopes of top seed Mari Baldwin in a tense quarter-final, seeing her opponent fight back from 2-0 down but getting on a roll in the second half of the final game to complete a 3-2 (11-9, 12-10, 6-11, 9-11, 11-6) victory.
At the same stage, there were four-game triumphs for Anders, against Saskia Key, and Pace, over Isabelle Lacorte. In the last quarter-final, Patel beat Maliha Baig 12-10 in the decider, but that does not tell the story of an intriguing final game in which Patel trailed 1-5 at the change of ends but then led 10-5.
Baig was in danger of losing her composure but got it back and went on her own run of points to tie it up at 10-10. She then missed chance to go 11-10 up herself – and this time Patel made it stick. The final score was 3-2 (11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 6-11, 12-10).
Back in the round of 16, Patel also had a fright from Mia Lakhani, who battled back from 2-0 down to level, before Patel made sure in the decider. It was 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 10-12, 11-5 to the defending champion.
At the same stage, Pace recovered a 2-1 deficit to beat fourth seed Anna Green 3-2 (5-11, 15-13, 5-11, 11-7, 11-6), while Baldwin was made to work by seventh seed Millie Rogove before running out a 3-1 (11-9, 13-11, 10-12, 11-8) winner. Lacorte upset the higher-ranked Megan Jones – last year’s under-17 champion, in four.
Eighth seed Amy Marriott was knocked out in the groups as she was defeated by both Niamh Scarborough and Megan Jones in Group 8.
Third-ranked Scarborough took a tight match 13-11 in the fifth and then beat Eva Eccles to seal second place. Second-ranked Jones, who had beaten Eccles and Scarborough, then saw to it that she topped the group by beating Marriott in four.
Three players finished level with two wins each in Group 6 and it was the third-ranked players Jonabel Taguibao who went through at the expense of second-ranked Sienna Jetha, yesterday’s U17 champion.
Taguibao had put the proverbial feline among the pigeons as she beat top-ranked Erin Green 3-2 (11-6, 15-17, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10). Jetha had earlier beaten Taguibao in four, but when she lost in three to Green, that settle the countback in favour of Green, followed by Taguibao.
The was some drama in Group 3, which was won by Scarlett Anders as expected, though not before she had come from 2-0 down to beat Kirsty Maull 3-2 (7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-4).
The other result saw Maull, Lauren Loosemore and Anaiya Ali all win one each – the countback showed third-ranked Maull had earned the second qualifying place ahead of higher-ranked Loosemore.
Fourth seed Anna Green topped Group 4, but it was third-ranked Mia Lakhani who also got through to the knockouts thanks to a 3-0 (11-4, 11-9, 11-3) win over Ella Pashley.
Pashley, needing to beat Green to force a three-way countback, fought hard but came up just short as Green took it 3-2 (8-11, 11-2, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7).
The top two went through in reverse order in Group 7 as Saskia Key got above Millie Rogove with a 3-1 (11-4, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5) victory. Fourth-ranked player Ella Barnard beat Rachael Iles to finish in third.
Top seed Mari Baldwin sailed through Group 1 without dropping a game, and was joined in the knockouts, as expected, by Rebecca Savage.
Group 2 went with seeding as Anaya Patel and Isabelle Lacorte made it through with no alarms – save for Patel being taken to 18-16 and 13-11 by Bethany Ellis in the second and third games of her 3-0 victory. It was 3-1 (11-6, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6) to Patel in the meeting of the top two.
No issues for fifth seed Maliha Baig in Group 5, which was reduced to three by the withdrawal of Lianna Shilani Tousi. Evelyn Pace went through in the expected second place, courtesy of a victory over Amillia Baker in three close games.
Connor Green completed a sensational day’s work as he added the singles title to the two doubles golds he had taken earlier in the day.
The top seed defeated sixth seed Louis Price 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-5) in the final.
The two semi-finals were over in fairly short order as the top player in each flexed their muscles in readiness for the final.
The scores were almost identical, Green defeating Rhys Davies 7, 6, 8 and Price getting past Pattison 6, 6, 8.
Price had ended the hopes of second seed Ben Piggott in the quarter-finals, and with a momentous comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 (5-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8).
Pattison set up his semi-final against Price by dispatching defending champion Larry Trumpauskas 3-1 (11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6), and it was also four games for Green against Olly Cornish (9, -9, 9, 6) and for Davies against Jakub Piwowar (7, -3, 9, 8).
The round of 16 saw a meeting between all three boys’ singles champions from last year’s event – Trumpauskas having won the Cadet and Junior titles and Naphong Boonyaprapa the Under-17s.
It went the distance and it was Trumpauskas’ desire to keep his title which prevailed as he shaded it 11-9 in the decider after withstanding a comeback by fourth seed Boonyaprapa – it was 11-9, 11-1, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9 in the end.
Two other matches went to five at the same stage – Davies notably came from 2-0 down to beat Joseph Hunter 3-2 (6-11, 3-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-9), while Cornish beat fifth seed Felix Thomis from 2-1 down, turning it 3-2 (11-7, 7-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-6) in his favour and saving a match point in the fourth.
No problem for top seed Connor Green in Group 1, but he was followed into the knockouts by third-ranked Krish Chotai, who came from 9-6 down in the decider to beat Adam Dennison. There was no much to separate the two, but Chotai pulled through 3-2 (17-15, 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9).
Defending champion Larry Trumpauskas got above top-ranked Tom Rayner in Group 3, winning their clash 3-0 (11-7, 16-14, 11-8). Both had earlier beaten Bertie Kelly and Daniel Goitom – Kelly put in a fine comeback to beat Goitom 3-2 (7-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7) to seal third place.
Group 4 saw Jakub Piwowar climb from second to first thanks to a 3-2 victory over last year’s Under-17 champion Naphong Boonyaprapa. The scoreline was 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-9 in Piwowar’s favour. The third-place ‘play-off’ saw no prospect of qualifying but a fine match, which saw Aaron Yuk Shing Geung beat Alex Attew 3-2 (12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7).
The top two also swapped places in Group 8 as Joseph Hunter beat Toby Ellis 3-1 (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7) after both had defeated Jake Haygarth and Ben Dunkley.
The top two went through from Group 5, but it was not straightforward in a group reduced to three players by the injury withdrawal of Isaac Kingham.
Top-ranked Felix Thomis beat Joel Osaghae in three, but Osaghae then opened things up by beating second-ranked James Hamblett 3-2 (12-10, 7-11, 11-5, 8-11, 12-10).
Hamblett had to beat Thomis, and he did – the 3-1 margin meaning he got through and the unfortunate Osaghae missed out.
Group 2 saw Ben Piggott and Josh Bruce progress as expected, but Bruce had to win two five-game matches against lower-ranked and younger opponents. First, he beat Joseph Dennison 3-2 (9-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6) and then Adam Alibhai 11-9, 8-11, 13-11, 5-11, 11-2.
His match against Piggott also went to five, Piggott winning that one 3-2 (11-9, 4-11, 11-13, 11-6, 12-10).
Louis Price and Olly Cornish qualified from Group 6 in the predicted order – Price beat Cornish in four to seal top spot. He had earlier beaten Gabriel Schogger in three deuce games (11, 12, 10) – Schogger later bagged third place ahead of the higher-ranked Harry Yip.
Ralph Pattison and Rhys Davies went through in that order, as per rankings, in Group 7. Fouth-ranked Kacper Piwowar finished third by beating Barney Mindlin 3-1 (12-14, 11-5, 13-11, 17-15).
Anna & Erin Green took the title, going one better than they had at the Mark Bates Ltd Senior Nationals in March.
They defeated Saskia Key & Sienna Jetha in the final by a 3-1 (14-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8) scoreline.
Both semi-finals went to a decider and in each case it was the lower-ranked pair which came out on top.
In the top half, Key & Jetha looked to be heading out when they trailed 5-1 in the fifth to top seeds Mari Baldwin & Lauren Loosemore, but they counter-attacked and came through to win 3-2 (11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8).
At the bottom, defending champions and second seeds Anaya Patel & Millie Rogove had a tight battle with the Green sisters, who shaded it 11-8 in the fifth to end a match which was decided to eight or nine in every game (8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8).
All the quarter-finals were decided in four games but there were some tight ones – notably Baldwin & Loosemore beating Evie Pace & Beth Ellis 3-1 (12-10, 11-7, 14-16, 13-11).
There was a first National title for Josh Bruce as he and Connor Green took the title 11-9 in a deciding fifth game.
Their opponents were defending champions Tom Rayner & Ben Piggott, who were in no mood to give up the title without a fight and who fought all the way. In the end, Green & Bruce shaded it 3-2 (5-11, 11-3, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9).
In the semi-finals, Green & Bruce had to dig deep to see off the challenge of Naphong Boonyaprapa & Rhys Davies, eventually booking their final place with a 3-2 (11-9, 10-12, 11-13, 11-9, 11-8) triumph.
In the other semi, it was 3-1 (11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6) for Piggott & Rayner over Felix Thomis & Jakub Piwowar.
Thomis & Piwowar got themselves out of more than a tight spot in the quarter-finals when they were 2-0 down to under-17 champions Joseph Hunter & James Hamblett, before pulling through 3-2 (8-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8). All the other quarters were decided in three.
There were some tight matches back in the first round. Cornish & Dennison won a close to-and-fro clash with Louis Price & Larry Trumpauskas 3-2 (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5) and it was a similar pattern as Dennison & Chotai beat Alex Attew & Joel Osaghae 3-2 (11-7, 3-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8).
Schogger & Alibhai came from 2-1 down to defeat Barney Mindlin & Daniel Goitom 3-2 (11-9, 7-11, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10).
Connor & Erin Green retained their title and took the second steps towards winning respective triple golds as they defeated Felix Thomis & Mari Baldwin in the final.
It was top against second seeds and the lower-ranked Greens took the first two games. Thomis & Baldwin showed resilience to take the third, but it only delayed the result, which was 3-1 (11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 11-4) to the sibling pair.
The Greens had a prolonged tussle with Louis Price & Amy Marriott in the semi-finals, with the closest game score of 11-9 across five sets as the second seeds edged through 3-2 (10-12, 11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10).
By contrast, the second semi was a relative stroll of 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 for Thomis & Baldwin against Ben Piggott & Anna Green, meaning there would not be a repeat of last year’s final in which all three Green siblings were involved.
Price & Marriott came from 2-1 down to beat Josh Bruce & Anaya Patel 3-2 (10-12, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8) in the quarter-finals.
Piggott & Green won in three against Jakub Piwowar & Megan Jones, while it was four games in the other two quarter-finals – Connor & Erin Green seeing off Naphong Boonyaprapa & Millie Rogove and Thomis & Baldwin beating James Hamblett & Scarlett Anders.