Harpenden ace Emily Arbuthnott wins second National Tour final in a month

Emily Arbuthnott was crowned champion at the Winter National Tour finals for the second time

Emily Arbuthnott was crowned champion at the Winter National Tour finals for the second time

First published in Local Sport

Harpenden tennis talent Emily Arbuthnott has been crowned champion of the 16 and under Aegon Winter National Tour Finals just a month after winning the Under-18 tournament.

The 15-year-old beat Eden Richardson from Ellesmere Port 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 at the National Tennis Centre in London, saving match points in a grueling final that lasted three hours 48 minutes, to cap an excellent campaign for the Hertfordshire youngster.

Following an impressive run of form throughout the Aegon Winter National Tour over the last few months, Arbuthnott was invited to compete in the prestigious Aegon Winter National Tour Finals by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

The invitation-only tournament is the pinnacle of the winter British tennis season and showcases the talent of some of the best young players in the country.

Arbuthnott, who trains at Batchwood Tennis Centre was one of only 16 players to be invited, having earned her place by accumulating enough ranking points from LTA tournaments throughout the winter.

The teenager said: “It’s brilliant to have won both the 16 & U and 18 & U titles. I’ve played some tough matches and I am glad to have come through them. To have won ‘the double’ feels fantastic.”

Leon Smith, LTA Head of men’s and women’s tennis, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Emily to secure the Aegon Winter National Tour honours, against such talented competition.

“The tournament brings together the best boys and girls in the country, who have been playing in this national tour circuit throughout the winter.

“Competition at a young age is vitally important in developing both the tactical and mental competitive qualities the players need to have in place as they progress and start to play internationally.

“There’s obviously a long way to go for these players. It’s a long journey for any player hoping to make an impact on the game but we hope that with the right support, these players are given the best possible chance of reaching their full potential.”

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