Lane bows out in quarter-finals

Tennis

DEVON’S young stars have been in action at
Wimbledon and Bournemouth – while
over in Ireland county veteran Betty Blair was reaching the
European over 40 singles final.

At the Wimbledon U19 event, described as one of the ‘toughest’
events on the junior circuit by local coach Darren Peterson, there
was another good display by Richard Lane’s son, Alex.

The England junior beat number four seed Harley Tower 21-17,
13-21, 21-15 and Jamie Pugh 21-17, 8-21, 25-23 on his way to the
quarter-finals where he went down to Aaron Cheng 21-9, 7-21,
21-18.

Still only 15 years of age, it was another outstanding
performance against more senior opponents with Alex also going on
to reach the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles with Chloe
Birch.

Meanwhile, over in Bournemouth, sisters Hannah and Sophie
Laidler who are part of the fledgling Visions Badminton Academy
acquitted themselves well.

In the girls’ U15 bronze event, Hannah Laidler reached the final
and in a match to 30 points, she was beaten by Charlotte Murray
(Dorset) 30-27.

Young Sophie Laidler can feel pleased with her efforts in this
age group after stepping up a level to win a singles and run two
other opponents very close.

The two sisters got off to a great start in the Torbay &
District Ladies’ league after teaming up with Sarah Nickels and
county veteran Julie Frost to beat Kingsteignton Shuttles 17-1.

The Kingsteignton quartet of Della Joint, Jane Comyns, Gemma
Hann and Claire Winston battled well to pick up a consolation
rubber. They also went close to adding to their score, but in the
closest doubles of the match, Nickels and Sophie Laidler (Marine)
saved a match point in beating Comyns and Winston 17-21, 22-20,
21-13.

Across the water in Ireland, Blair was in Dundalk where she was
beaten by Dorota Grzejdak of Poland 21-13, 21-8.

The 44-year-old who was a finalist the Devon Restricted
championships at the Acorn Centre, Torquay, had beaten Marina
Karstrom 21-7, 21-8 in the semi-finals.