Tennis ace Esther Adeshina maintains unbeaten record in national tour events (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Tennis ace Esther Adeshina maintains unbeaten record in national tour events
YOUNG Basingstoke tennis ace Esther Adeshina maintained her 100 per cent record in the 12 and Under Girls Winter National Tour Grade 2 series with victory in the second event at the Sunderland Tennis Centre.
Adeshina – top seed for the tournament of 32 players – had a shaky start, losing the first set in her opening game against Annali Olivelli from Essex.
The Basingstoke player stormed back to win the match 2-6 6-1 10-5 and then cruised through round two thanks to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Lancashire’s Alexis Peet.
Straight sets wins followed in the next two games as Adeshina defeated Bedfordshire’s Olivia Elliot and Mae McCutcheon from Warwickshire 6-4 6-2 and 6-2 6-3 respectively.
This left the Basingstoke youngster to face third seed Essence Martins from Middlesex in the final – and she won 6-3 6-1.
Following her success in the 12s age group, Adeshina moved up an age bracket to the 14 and under National Grade 2 at the Bolton Arena.
The 12-year-old defeated Anna Loughlan from Cambridgeshire in the first round in a game which lasted over two hours.
Adeshina won the third set tie-breaker 7-3 to win the match 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.
The victory set up a clash against the number one seed Holly Thompson, who was forced to retire after losing the first set 6-4.
The Basingstoke player was then knocked out in the quarter-finals by Lancashire’s Olivia Peet 6-2, 7-5, but is looking forward to playing more domestic and Tennis Europe 14 and under events.
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