Norfolk’s Olivia Nicholls is toast of Cromer Senior Lawn Tennis Tournament with hat-trick of titles

Dan Wynne


Tuesday, August 21, 2012
1:41 PM

The 93rd Cromer Senior Lawn Tennis Tournament finished in spectacular sunshine on Saturday as Norfolk’s Olivia Nicholls and Robin Goodman from Cambridgeshire collected the major honours.

Nicholls, from Acle, won her third consecutive Norfolk Open Ladies Singles title by defeating county team-mate and second seed Sam Noble 6-1, 6-2.

The tournament win was Nicholls’ second on the spin as she won the Ladies Open singles at The Torbay Open in Devon, the previous week.

Goodman, who competes in the USA for Drake University in Iowa, picked up his third title since 2006 by beating previous holder Dan Wynne 6-1, 6-3.

It is the second time the two have contested the men’s open final after a similar result in a close 2008 match. This time the result was far more comfortable.

Nicholls had a busy day ahead still, competing in the Ladies Open Doubles final and the Mixed Open Doubles final.

Teaming up with her established county team partner, Amy Partridge, they beat Noble and Norfolk captain Lucy Brooks 6-2, 6-2. The result rounded off a summer of competing together that included a title at Torbay and a near perfect performance at AEGON Summer County Cup where they won 14 out of 15 rubbers for Norfolk.

Nicholls’ hat-trick was complete when she teamed up with Dan Wynne for the Mixed Open Doubles final against Partridge and Harry Weeds.

Wynne and Nicholls had lost their title in 2011, but reclaimed it this year with a 6-3, 6-3 victory.

In the other Open event, Wynne and county team mate Matt Green were comfortable winners in the Men’s Doubles final over local player Alexander Oliver and Cambridgeshire’s Greg Bacon.

In the veterans’ events, Robin Chipperfield was typically busy, competing in four finals over the course of the day and winning three of them. Victory in the Over 35 singles was followed up with the Over 45s title, after defeating David Youngs from East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club in three sets.

Chipperfield and Youngs combined to beat top seeds Paul Hammond and Neil Shorrock in an exciting final in which they dropped the opening set before striking back and completing the turnaround in a championship tiebreak.

It was not to be a clean sweep for Chipperfield however as he and Youngs were forced to retire in the Over 35 Doubles final against the same opponents.

David Henderson completed a super-veterans hat-trick as he picked up the Over-60s Men’s Singles, the Over 60s Men’s Doubles with Phillip Tye and the 55/50 Mixed Doubles with Mary Ogden.

Patricia Peal won a pair of titles; collecting the Over 45 Ladies Singles with a 7-6, 6-2 victory over Elizabeth Cubitt and the Over 40s Ladies Doubles with partner Alison Finch.

Finch and Peal were on opposite sides of the net for the 45/40 Mixed Doubles final with the former emerging victorious with Steve Pye.

Mark Reeves appeared in two finals, the Over 55 Men’s Singles which he lost to Peter Brown, before pairing with Stephen Finch to win the Over 55 Men’s Doubles over Alan Hudson and Philip Tye. Other veteran’s winners were Clare Varley in the Over 35 Ladies and Heather Bottomley and Mary Ogden in the Over 50 Ladies Doubles.

In the restricted events, Oliver Hindle was the main man, after winning the Men’s Singles and the Men’s Doubles with Luke Garden. Annie Bradley-Watson underlined her doubles talent by winning the Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles with Katie Goodman and her brother James respectively.

In the restricted Ladies Singles final, Joanne Watkins beat Clare Varley 6-2, 6-4.


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