South Canterbury tennis player Annabel Ellis claimed her fourth national doubles title by taking out the 16s and under crown with Waikato partner Ella Hassall in Hamilton this week.
The 16-year-old and her partner overcame the Canterbury duo Gabrriella Coates and Michal Matson 2-6 6-3 12-10 in a tense final.
The match went right to the wire. After finding themselves down a set, they had to claw their way back into the match, taking the second set 6-3. A super tiebreaker followed to decide the third and final set, with Ellis and Hassall taking it 12-10.
Lawrence Darling, with his attacking style of tennis, had a successful tournament, reaching the semifinals of the 16s and under boys' singles.
Seeded eighth going into the tournament, Darling beat the 11th seed in the round of 16 before causing an upset in the quarterfinals.
He beat the tournament second seed Bob Reynolds from Hawke's Bay in a nail-biting encounter, 6-2 2-6 6-4.
The semifinal against third seeded Aucklander Cameron Philpott was a hotly contested battle, with Darling this time going down with a similar scoreline to the day before, 6-4 3-6 4-6. It was the fourth time Darling had reached a singles semifinal at national level.
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