Search

Breakthrough week for Norfolk’s Amy Partridge at Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club

15:28 17 July 2012

Amy Partridge made it through to the final of AEGON British Tour grass court event.

Amy Partridge made it through to the final of AEGON British Tour grass court event.

Archant

Norfolk’s Amy Partridge put in a terrific run of results last week to reach the final of the AEGON British Tour grass court event at Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club.

Partridge, 18, beat three seeded players en route to the final before losing to top seed Aimee Gibson; ranked 1180 in the world.

An opening round bye meant that her first match came against seventh seed Tiffany William from Middlesex. After dropping the opening set, Partridge responded well to win 3-6, 6-2, 7-6.

Abbi Melrose from Sussex, the number two seed and a 2.2 rated player, was Partridge’s next victim as the underdog came through in impressive fashion to reach the semi finals with a 6-4, 6-3 win.

Her trio of upsets was complete when she steamrolled sixth seed Natalie Haden-Scott 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final and set up a daunting clash with world ranked Melrose.

The final was played in tricky conditions with inconsistent weather but the top seed showed her class and provided no real opportunity for Partridge to get a foothold in the match.

A 6-2, 6-0 score line brought the Norfolk Ladies team member’s run to an end, but it was a breakthrough week for Partridge who will look to build on the result immediately at this week’s British tour event in Frinton.

The Wymondham College pupil, who has just completed her A-Levels, will compete on the grass at Frinton before heading off to Ilkley in West Yorkshire with the Norfolk Ladies team for AEGON Summer County Cup.

The Ladies team are in Group 3 again after retaining their position from last year, but welcome Partridge back to the fold after she missed the 2011 campaign while travelling in Thailand.

Alongside Partridge in the draw last week was Norfolk Captain Lucy Brooks who was beaten in three sets by Haden-Scott, while regular partner Olivia Nicholls lost in the last 16 after coming through qualifying.

The experienced Karen Highfield and former USA college player Sam Noble are also part of the Norfolk squad that head into Group 3 with real aspirations of promotion this time round.

Meanwhile, the men’s’ team will compete at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne as the first Norfolk side to play in Group 1 since 1977. Captain Barry Fulcher expects to have a full strength team including Richard Bloomfield who was undefeated in last year’s promotion from Group 2.

James Auckland is available as well as veteran Tom Spinks and former junior National Champion Nicky Crawley. Brothers Dan and Jonny Wynne, Matt Green and Tom Lamming complete an almost identical squad from last year with only former skipper Chris Parker unavailable as he is working in Canada.

National champions Hertfordshire are again favourites for the title and Norfolk, who open their campaign against Surrey, will face them on Thursday.

AEGON Summer County Cup takes place across the country from Monday July 23-27 and tennis fans in Norfolk can see Men’s Group 2 for free at Cromer Tennis Club.

0 comments

Other Fakenham and Wells sport

09:40

Robert Lambert is within touching distance of becoming Great Britain’s first World Under-21 champion since the turn of the Millenium.

A host of the area’s clubs will be looking to see off county rivals in order to progress in a national competition.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fakenham Town have a break from Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division action this weekend, as their focus turns to the second qualifying round of the FA Vase and the visit of Great Yarmouth Town (3pm kick-off).

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A point was the order of the day for Fakenham Town at the weekend as they moved into the top half of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

Most Read

Wed, 21:55

Norwich City slipped to a heart-breaking stoppage time defeat in a breathless 4-3 Championship loss at Newcastle United on Wednesday night.

Read more
Wes Hoolahan
Wed, 14:42

Newcastle United are next up in our Norwich City Win, Lose or Draw game where Canaries fans get to pit their wits against our writers, Norwich City legends Darren Eadie and Iwan Roberts and presenters Jake Humphrey, Simon Thomas and Chris Goreham.

Read more
Norwich City
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fakenham Town have a break from Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division action this weekend, as their focus turns to the second qualifying round of the FA Vase and the visit of Great Yarmouth Town (3pm kick-off).

Read more
Ricky Claxton
11:15

Senior stars must stand up to ensure Norwich City’s midweek devastation does not derail their promotion bid. The Canaries had just 90 seconds of injury time to see out their 3-2 lead at Newcastle – only to end up losing the game.

Read more
Alex Neil
11:07

Norwich City fans can be forgiven for thinking they’ve been struck by lightning – again.

Read more
Ryan Bennett

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up