Club Championships Day 4 - 18 May 2022
The annual Club Championships, run for the first time in three years due to the pandemic, concluded last night (Wednesday) with the Junior Singles. Played during the weekly elite coaching session, twenty-three of the Club's best juniors took part.
Open Singles winner the previous day, Shae Thakker, opted out allowing the junior title to be fought over from the Club's other up and coming juniors, many of whom have enjoyed a very successful season.
For the initial round, the players were organized into six groups with the top two in each group progressing to the main event and the others into the consolation. The top four seeds, William Saint, Jamie Woodford, Rachael Iles and Risan Thirupparan all won their groups to take their allotted places in the main draw. However, Risan fell at the quarter-final stage to Mia Lakhani who had previously put out George Driscoll, one of the quartet in Cippenham's top team in the National Cadet League. Two of the others met in the first round with Edward Meacock beating Nick Carter while the fourth, Louis Alexander, went out to Charlie Cook.
In the quarter-finals, top seed William Saint eliminated Louis Alexander, Mia Lakhahi, as previously mentioned, beat Risan Thirupparan, Rachael Iles beat Edward Meacock and second seed Jamie Woodford beat Anna Piercey.
And so it was boys versus girls in the semi-finals and the boys came out on top, William defeating Mia and Jamie beating Rachael although he had to escape from 2-1 down to do so.
The final swung one way then the other and went the full distance of five games. Eventually, it was Jamie that won the title, having recovered once again from two games to one down.
The consolation was won by William Thomas who beat Kush Tanna in the final.
Many thanks go to Ken Phillips for running the event, aided by Jan Chapman and Tim Kiteley.