Winners decided at Edgbaston Blind and Visually Impaired Regional Tennis Series

Winners decided at Edgbaston Blind and Visually Impaired Regional Tennis Series
Paul Ryb

Roy Turnham and Brenda Cassell made it back-to-back-singles victories in successive tournaments as Edgbaston Priory hosted the second Tennis Foundation Blind and Visually Impaired Regional Tennis Series event.

While Roy Turnham won the B1 Mixed Singles and Cassell took the B4 Women’s Singles, there were also singles victories for Paul Ryb and Sarah Fortescue in their respective B3 Men’s and Women’s Singles events, with Roy Turnham ending the tournament as a singles and doubles victor.

A new initiative for 2016, the regional tournaments will count towards qualification for the Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis National Championships which will take place in October at the National Tennis Centre.

The B1 Mixed Singles began with Mark Turnham and Maria Oshodi both progressing to the semi-finals after winning tie-breaks. Roy Turnham went on to reach the final with a comfortable 4-0 win over Oshodi, but as he had done at the first tournament of the years in Sutton Nikhil Nair edged a tie-break in his semi-final, beating Mark Turnham to set up a rematch of the B1 Mixed Singles final in Sutton against Roy Turnham. The Sutton event ended with Roy Turnham taking the major honours after a tie-break against National champion Nair, but in Edgbaston he avoided the tie-break to seal a 5-3 victory.

Having beaten Yvette Priestley in their opening B1 Singles match, Roy Turnham partnered Priestley to win the B1 Mixed Doubles after they secured a 5-3 win over runners-up Naqi Rizvi and Daniel Owen.

After being winner and runner-up in their respective singles events in Sutton, James Currie and Ryb also finished in the top two positions in the Visually Impaired Men’s Singles in Edgbaston, but with Ryb winning his event on this occasion after dropping a total of just five games across his four round-robin matches. Among his four wins Ryb defeated Currie, the runner-up with three wins from his four matches, 4-2.

Sarah Fortescue made it three wins out of three matches in the B3 women’s singles after clinching a tie-break to beat Wendy Glasper 5-4(2). However, ultimately Glasper was unable to win a match despite playing two tie-breaks in her three contests and another close contest saw Gillian Currie finish runner-up after defeating Andrea Logan 5-3.

Cassell’s singles victory for the second tournament in a row came after four wins out of four matches in the Women’s B4 Singles, one of the Essex player’s two 4-0 wins coming over runner-up Rosine Pybus while her closest contest ended in a 5-3 win over third place Chanel Quatre.

Currie and Neil Fradgley won both their matches 4-0 to win the Men’s Visually Impaired Doubles. Meanwhile, Glasper and Pybus also won both their Women’s Visually Impaired Doubles matches 4-1 to secure another convincing victory as Currie and Pybus went one better than in their singles events.