International gold medallist Chris Baily was one of two players to win singles and mixed doubles titles over the weekend at the Tennis Foundation’s Visually Impaired Tennis Regional Tournament in Sutton.
Keith Turner also gained B1 singles and mixed doubles honours as Sutton Tennis Academy hosted the fifth of six Visually Impaired Tennis Regional Series events this year.
The Visually Impaired Men’s Singles began with comfortable wins for Chris Blake, Callum Lock and Paul Ryb, who joined top seed Baily in the semi-finals. After his bye through to the last four Bailey, winner of the B3 Men’s Singles at the first ever International Blind Tennis Tournament in Spain earlier is year, also opened his challenge in Sutton with relative ease to book his place in the final after defeating Blake 4-1, 4-0.
The other semi-final provided a much closer contest, Lock eventually wrapping up a deciding match tie-break to edge out Ryb 3-5, 4-2, (10-8). However, although Lock put in a confident second set performance in the final to force another match tie-break, it was Baily who came out on top 4-1, 0-4, (10-5).
The Visually Impaired Women’s Singles also featured seven players, which meant that top seed and multiple National champion Jan Reynolds had a bye through to the semi-finals.
Sarah Fortescue, Christine Laurence and Amanda Green joined Reynolds in the last four, Fortescue and Laurence doing so after early 4-0, 4-0 wins. However, Fortescue was on the other end of a 4-0, 4-0 scoreline in her semi-final against Reynolds and Laurence dropped just one game to book her place in the final, but Laurence was unable to match Reynolds, who eased to the title 4-0, 4-1.
Reynolds partnered Alan Turnbull to earn a hard-won 5-4 victory in their opening Visually Impaired Mixed Doubles match to book a place in the semi-finals. However, with Turnbull having finished runner-up to Alan Wetherley in the B2 Men’s Singles, he and Reynolds were unable to progress any further in their mixed doubles challenge as Lock and Joanna Turnbull claimed successive 4-1 victories to reach the final.
But ultimately it was a second title of the day for Baily as he and Laurence defeated Lock and Joanna Turnbull 4-1.
Five of the six round-robin matches in the B1 Men’s Singles went to a tie-break, with Keith Turner remaining unbeaten in his three contests. Turner earned two 4-3(5) wins as well as a 4-3(4) win over runner-up Sidney Tambin to take the spoils.
The B1 Women’s Singles began with two groups of three players as Masuma Ali edged a decisive tie-break against Chandni Sony to ensure her progress from round-robin Group A.
Meanwhile, Rachel Eve Morgan had a much more straightforward passage to the final from Group B, earning back-to-back 4-0 wins before dropping her only game of the event to beat Ali 4-1 and take the title.
Another 4-0 win saw Morgan and Daniel Owen advance to the B1 Mixed Doubles final. However, a second title proved elusive for Morgan as Turner and Maria Oshodi won back-to-back tie-breaks, ending with a thrilling 4-3(12) victory over Morgan and Owen in the final.