The Women World Championships of rackets passed off close to Hammersmith final month, with the defending champion profitable her third singles world championship.
Girls’s rackets trailblazer Lea Van Der Zwalmen defended the title for the third time since 2015, beating schoolgirl Cesca Candy 3-0.
The match noticed three eliminator matches and a championship problem on the prestigious Queen’s Membership in South West London’s Barons Court docket.
LEADING THE GAME: Rackets World Challenger Cesca Candy (left) pictured with champion Lea Van Der Zwalmen (center) and T&RA CEO Chris Davies. Picture credit score: T&RAVan Der Zwalmen stated: “Thanks to all of the individuals who helped make this occasion additional particular.
“It’s all the time a pleasure to play at Queen’s, it’s such a particular place for me, the place I received my first ever match in 2013.”
The three-time World Champion is an eminent power within the ladies’s sport, profitable the British Open singles 5 occasions, the British Open Doubles thrice and the UK schoolgirls singles championship twice.
Other than rackets, Van Der Zwalmen can be a dominating competitor in Actual Tennis, the daddy sport to Garden Tennis, and performed Squash at membership and nation stage rising up in France.
The match began off with two dominant video games from Van Der Zwalmen as Candy couldn’t stave off the serving runs of the defending champion.
However after two 15-2 and 15-0 losses, Candy introduced her sport within the third sport, the place the prodigal abilities of the 17-year-old might be clearly seen.
The upcoming star received the precise to problem Van Der Zwalmen by defeating India Deakin in an eliminator match after which Tara Lumley within the eliminator ultimate the day earlier than.
Georgie Willis additionally took half within the World Championship eliminator, dropping to Lumley in her match 2-0.
Candy stated: “It was an honour to play such a adorned Rackets champion.
“It was an particularly worthwhile second as she visited Wellington years in the past once I was 14 and was a particular position mannequin for me.”
Candy remains to be a schoolgirl at Wellington School, and is a transparent rising star within the sport having received the Nationwide Schoolgirls Singles and Doubles Championships.
The 17-year-old star added: “It’s all the time a privilege to play at Queens and I’m grateful for each alternative I get to play on the membership.
“I look ahead to hopefully taking part in on the courts at Queens increasingly more as I get older.”
RISING STAR: 17-year-old schoolgirl Cesca Candy has challenged for the World Championship earlier than her A Ranges. Picture credit score: T&RARyan Tulley, Candy’s coach and a professional at Wellington School stated: “Let’s not overlook Cesca is a baby, and performed the most effective grownup participant on this planet.
“She improved all through the match, gained in confidence and shall be a power to be reckoned with sooner or later.”
An costly sport, with rackets costing over £100 a pop, Rackets as a sport is dying amongst its youth.
The one method it survives is thru sponsorship, with this yr’s championship having 4 match sponsors: structure agency Situ, Pol Roger champagne, PlayBrave sportswear and the Tennis and Rackets Affiliation (T&RA).
Partly as a result of expense of the sport, along with the a long time outdated exclusivity of each its headquarters, personal members membership Queen’s Membership and its governing physique the T&RA, rackets has lengthy been a sport for the elite.
However now Queen’s Membership is opening its doorways to non-members, and non-private faculty rivals particularly within the ladies’s sport.
This has aided the event of girls’s Rackets, which is rising throughout the nation at colleges and Seacourt Tennis Membership on Hayling Island.
PRO BALL: Van Der Zwalmen had dominated ladies’s rackets for years together with her backhand serve. Picture credit score: T&RAAs T&RA CEO Chris Davies stated: “Over the course of the subsequent few years rackets and girls rackets has developed exponentially from nearly nothing to what we see now.
“I feel it would proceed to develop.”
The ex-NATO Public Affairs Officer stated the expansion since Van Der Zwalmen was found is phenomenal.
He stated: “Reggie Williams, the professional at Clifton Faculty got here to my workplace and he stated “Chris I’ve acquired an actual good expertise, you actually ought to come and watch her” and that was Lea.
“That was again in 2014 and he or she’s been on the scene ever since, sweeping most earlier than her.”
After a extra carefully contested third sport led to her triumph, Van Der Zwalmen thanked her different rivals.
She stated: “You guys have been competing in all the best tournaments, taking the women rackets to the subsequent stage.
“I hope that collectively we will carry on constructing and making girls’ rackets even stronger.”
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