James Currie dominated his singles and doubles events to lift a brace of titles without dropping a game at Sunday’s Tennis Foundation Visually Impaired Tennis Tournament Birmingham.
Currie joined Naqi Rizvi, Amanda Large and Rosine Pybus in winning singles and doubles titles as Edgbaston Priory Club hosted the last of the Tennis Foundation’s regional series of tournaments before the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships in Loughborough in October.
After finishing runner-up in his singles event in Edgbaston in 2016 Currie secured back-to-back 4-0 victories over Jack Fisher and Neil Fradgley this year to win the B2 men’s singles.
Shane Downing also gained a comfortable victory in the B4 men’s singles, securing two 4-1 wins and winning his last match against David Pickering 4-0 to finish unbeaten in his three round-robin contests
Currie, Fradgley and Downing all featured in the men’s visually impaired doubles final, which Currie and Fradgley reached with another 4-0 victory. Currie’s fifth 4-0 match win of the day saw him partner Fradgley to victory over Downing and Benjamin Stingmore.
The only one of the four B1 singles quarter-finals to not end in a tie-break saw Yvette Priestley beat Daniel Owen 4-0. However, Priestley, who made history as one of the first players to represent Great Britain in international competition in Spain earlier this year, was unable to book her place in the final after a narrow 5-4(5) loss to Frances Maguire.
Naqi Rizvi held strong to win two marathon tie-breaks in the top half of the B1 singles draw, winning both matches 5-4(10) and defeating Maguire in the singles final.
The two players met again in the opening round of the B1 doubles, with Priestley and Rizvi defeating Maguire and Owen with the first of two 5-3 wins for the eventual champions. A 5-4(7) semi-final tie-break win for Saqib Hussain and Laura Grant booked their place in the final, but Priestley and Rizvi took the important points to give Rizvi a second title of the day.
Sarah Fortescue went into the B3 women’s singles hoping to secure a second singles title in Edgbaston in successive years. However, having remained unbeaten in her three round-robin matches last year, Fortescue was denied this year by Amanda Large.
Large beat Fortescue in her second 4-1 match win of the day and completed her scheduled contests with a 4-0 victory to take the title this year.
Rosie Pybus went one better than in 2016 when she took the B5 women’s singles title. Runner-up in her singles event last year, Pybus dropped just two games to Lydia Wrightson, having beaten Minvera Ainsworth 4-0 in her first round-robin match.
Large and Pybus later teamed up to win the women’s visually impaired doubles. They earned back-to-back 4-1 wins and defeated Andrea Logan and Wrightson in the final as Pybus left Edgbaston with the doubles title for the second year in a row.
The 2017 National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships take place in Loughborough on 6-8 October. Enter here.