McGahey crowned ladies champion

Padbury Ladies singles winner Ellen McGahey (left) with mixed doubles winners Chris Hill and Claire Flynn
Padbury Ladies singles winner Ellen McGahey (left) with mixed doubles winners Chris Hill and Claire Flynn
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Padbury Tennis Club held its Finals Day last week with Ellen McGahey becoming Ladies champion for the first time.

Up against Michele Becque in the final, McGahey’s powerful serving and top-spin forehands saw her overcome Becque in a tight opening set before prevailing in set two to take the title.

In the Men’s Singles final, Chris Hill took the opening set against Will Wrigley and looked to be on course for the title when serving for the match in the second set, only for Wrigley to fightback and level the match before going on to take the title after an absorbing match.

Finally, Chris Hill and Claire Flynn beat Jane Loder and Greg Morris in the Mixed Doubles final. While this was settled in two sets, the match was a pulsating encounter played out in hot sunshine. Solid hitting from the back of the court from the ladies and top quality net play from the men made for numerous exciting rallies. The first set was tight from start to finish, with Claire and Chris eventually prevailing in a tie-break, and they maintained their high standard to win in two sets.

Elsewhere, the club has confirmed that funding is in place for the long-awaited two new floodlit tennis courts that will be constructed in the village at Springfields Playing Field. Contractors are on site with construction due to be completed in mid-November.

The club is always looking to add new members, all ages and abilities from beginners to more experienced players welcome, with a mix of fun and competitive tennis and regular social events.

They also plan to add regular coaching opportunities, particularly for younger players. If interested, contact membership secretary Sarah on 01280 816262.