Gwent Junior Open 2015

Posted by Lucie Gwilt at 03:11 on 23 November 2015

A flurry of late entries, particularly in the U17 events, boosted this year’s Gwent Open and secured an enjoyable and successful event.

In the U13 boys singles event Om Reddy and Archie Bult moved comfortably through their boxes although Archie was pushed by Jonathan Ewins to the end of setting in their semi-final before winning 15-8, 21-20. Om won the final 15-10, 15-10.

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The U13 girls singles was a straight final between Lydia Morris and Chloe Barton which Lydia, at the start of her highly successful tournament, won 15-8, 15-2.

The U13 boys doubles was won by William Vaughan and Joe Howells 15-9, 15-6 against Archie Bult and Jonathan Ewins. The U13 mixed doubles was won by Lydia Morris and Archie Bult 15-6, 15-4 against Lucie Whiteman and Thomas Funnell.

The U15 boys singles was dominated by twins Iwan and Dafydd Price. The final was one of the more eagerly anticipated games of the day, on this occasion Dafydd proved the stronger winning 15-8, 15-11. The U15 girls singles was won by Kelly Yip although runner up, Bethany Jones, made things difficult for Kelly by winning the second set of their head to head.

The Price twins put aside their sibling rivalry to take the U15 boys doubles event. The runners up were Ewan Price and Om Reddy, having overcome Joe Singh and Will Summors in a close run 3 set match in the round robin. The U15 girls doubles was a challenge match between U13 pairing Lydia Morris and Lucie Whiteman and scratch pairing on the day Lauren Edwards and Chloe Barton. Lydia won her third title with Lucie 15-10, 15-7.

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The U15 Mixed was a very close event with most matches going to three sets. Dafydd Price completed his 3rd win of the day, partnered by Bethany Jones. Runners up were Kelly Yip and Will Summors.

The U17 boys drew the highest number of entrants (10) for an event. The three seeded players, Oliver Stansfield, Jac Clarke and James Morris won their respective boxes although Jac was pushed hard by Carl Fordham in their first game. In the quarter finals Carl beat Luc Sinnadurai 15-9, 15-11 whilst Hugo Topping gave James a close match before succumbing 16-14, 16-14. The semi-finals saw another eagerly anticipated clash as Jac and James fought a very close first set. Jac eventually moved through 18-16, 15-11 before losing 15-8, 15-11 to Oliver in the final.

The U17 girls saw the two seeded players Katie Whiteman and Megan Pritchard win their boxes although Meg was taken to 13 in a couple of sets before beating Rebecca Williams in the semi-final. Katie beat Isobel Adams in her semi-final before beating Meg 15-7, 15-5 in the final.

Katie and Meg then teamed up to win the girls U17 doubles title with Isobel Adams and Bethany Jones runners up. In the boys U17 doubles Alex Greyer kindly stood in as partner for Carl Fordham but was unable to prevent Hugo and Will from reaching the semi-finals. In box B Tomos Jones and William Hughes overcame Brandon Evans and Frazer Wilde to reach the semi-finals alongside the two group winners Jac Clarke with Oliver and James Morris with Tomos Whiteman. There was not a lot of room on court in the final as four boys all over 6 feet tall fought out one of the closest matches of the day. James and Tom came out eventual winners 15-13, 16-14 against Jac and Oliver.

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The U17 Mixed was a round robin with 5 pairs. The last match of the day saw undefeated James Morris and Megan Pritchard beat the also undefeated (until that point) Oliver Stansfield and Katie Whiteman 15-11, 5-15, 15-9 to take the title.

A full set of the results can be found here.