Great start to the season for young Silchester tennis star Hannah Smith

Basingstoke Gazette: Hannah Smith celebrates another tournament victory Hannah Smith celebrates another tournament victory

SILCHESTER’S Hannah Smith has enjoyed an excellent start to her summer tennis season, as she competed in a number of regional and national 10-and-under age group tournaments across Britain.

The Totally Tennis performance player started April by winning the regional grade three tournament at Sutton Tennis Academy, beating Kimi Khehra from Berkshire 5-3, 4-0 in the final.

The Daneshill Prep School pupil then moved across the region and competed in the regional grade three Cheltenham Open.

The 10-year-old only dropped seven games in the whole tournament as she took the title with a 4-2, 4-1 victory in the final against Oxfordshire’s Chloe Elliott.

The end of the mouth saw Smith head north for a grade two national event in Glasgow.

This competition was contested by 32 of the top girls across Britain at 10 and under age.

Smith won five of her six matches, convincingly winning the consolation final 4-1, 4-0.

Her next stop was Cardiff at the beginning of May for a regional grade three event.

Smith dropped five games in the whole tournament, taking the final 4-2, 4-0 against Lancashire’s Ema Lodererova.

Later in the same month, the young Silchester player won another consolation final in the national grade two 10-and-under category at a clay court tournament at Queenswood, Hertfordshire.

In a hard-fought final, Smith lost the first set to Surrey’s Oriana Parkins-Godwin, but stormed back to level the match. She dominated the third set tie-break, winning the match 3-5, 4-0, 10-1.

Playing above her age group, Smith also competed in two 12-and-under tournaments, up against players two years older.

She won the Surrey Junior Tour at Esher and Henman’s Open at Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

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