TENNIS: Bowden claims county crown

Mixed double finalists (from left): Roger Maris, Ana Coggon, Anneka Smith and Andy Firth

Mixed double finalists (from left): Roger Maris, Ana Coggon, Anneka Smith and Andy Firth

First published in Sport

Thomas Bowden (North Oxford) won the men’s singles championships at the Senior County Closed tournament.

The unseeded Bowden defeated eighth seed Paul Butcher (Virgin Active) 6-3, 6-2.

Bowden had already beaten the first, fourth and seventh seeds on the way to secure the title for a second time.

Butcher gained his revenge by pairing up with Harry Brown (also Virgin Active) to win the men’s doubles title from Bowden and Christian Petersen from North Oxford.

It was a close affair, however, with Butcher and Brown coming back after losing the first set to record a 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 6-3 victory.

The mixed doubles was also close, with Anneka Smith (Virgin Active) and Andy Firth (David Lloyd) beating Roger Maris (Abingdon) and Ana Coggon (Cholsey) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

l THE winners of the Oxfordshire Junior Summer Tour have been announced.

The positions are determined by a player’s top six results at local tournaments which count towards an end of season ranking.

FINAL STANDINGS 9&U Girls winner: Chloe Elliott (White Horse, Abingdon); Boys – Alexander Raven (Witney). 10&U: Lara Frank (Virgin Active); Oliver Dunn (White Horse). 12&U: Saffy Gujral (Woodstock); Isaac Parsons (Virgin Active). 14&U: Taysie Gujral (Woodstock); John Balshaw (Portcullis, Wallingford). 16&U: Natasha Canter (Long Wittenham); John Balshaw (Portcullis). 18&U: Natasha Canter (Long Wittenham); Charlie Lane (White Horse).

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