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Tennis pair battle for supremacy

Top local tennis players William Way and Nick Lines are waging a personal battle after reaching the Under-14 finals in last two tournaments.

The pair, who are also doubles partners, split the Bermuda Lawn and Tennis Association (BLTA) Junior Tennis Tournament titles last week, with each winning one crown and defeating the other in the process.

Lines won the Under-14 boys title 6-3, 6-2 after Way had taken the upper hand the day before by knocking out Lines in the semi-finals of the Under-16 singles.

Way went on to win the 16 title, defeating Callum Smith.

In October’s Cadbury Langton Trey Swan Memorial tournament, Lines defeated Way in the Boys U-14 singles final 4-1, 4-5 (5), 4-1.

BLTA president Coleridge Place said their success was an example of how the next generation of players were coming along.

“I’m pleased to say that the BLTA junior tennis programmes are doing very good,” said Place. “After attending the matches I was very impressed with the level of play in all age groups. This year we have invested in several junior international events and the benefits have been very rewarding in the development of the players who participated.”

Other action at the BLTA tournament saw Junior Davis Cup player Jack Keyes win both the Under-18 boys title and the Under-18 doubles with brother, Charlie.

Ben Lines defeated Tariq Simons in the Under-10 final 6-4 (7-4), 5-4 (7-4).

Lauren Way continued her brother’s winning ways to take the girls Under-10 and Under-12 titles.

Tiye Williams took the Girls U-14 Singles top honours in a round robin event in which she won all her matches, likewise Ciara Svenson who won the Girls U-16 crown.

Jay Wagh won the U10 Boys consolation final.

Charlie Keyes won the Boys U-12 final against Ben Lines in a close three set match that was disrupted by rain and completed last night, whilst also winning the Boys U-14 Consolation finals in a match with William Gray.

Shiloh Todd won the Boys U-16 Consolation final and also finished runner up in the Boys U-18 final.

National Training Coach Smith said: “It was encouraging to see several of the up and coming players competing this past week. In particular the hard fought matches between, Nick Lines and Shiloh Todd where Nick came out on top in the nail bitter then with Benjamin.”

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Published November 08, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 08, 2011 at 7:25 am)

Tennis pair battle for supremacy

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