Monday, 14 June 2021

Hat-trick of titles for ladies’ captain

STEPH ASTON won a record three titles at Wargrave Tennis Club’s annual finals day.

STEPH ASTON won a record three titles at Wargrave Tennis Club’s annual finals day.

The company director won the ladies’ final, mixed doubles and ladies’ doubles plate to add to the two trophies she won a year ago.

Mrs Aston, 40, who has been playing since she was 10 and joined the club eight years ago, said: “I love tennis and would like to play a lot more than I do but with work, children and running a busy household I have to settle with playing about three or four times a week.

“It’s such a social game that you can play for most of your life and it is great exercise. I love it.

“There is a great atmosphere at the club with lots of healthy competition and banter among the men and women. The courts are always busy and we have a thriving junior programme.”

Mrs Aston and Jeremy Morgan won the mixed doubles final against Mem Aldridge and Charles Freeman 7-5, 6-7, 6-3. She and Jenny Harding then took the ladies’ doubles title, beating Mrs Aldridge and Angie Sandall 6-3, 6-3.

Mrs Aston, from Waltham St Lawrence, had to wait for her third title as the ladies’ final against Mrs Harding was postponed. She won the rearranged match 6-3, 6-0.

She often plays with her husband James, 41, and sons Thomas, eight, and Joshua, six. She also captains the club’s ladies’ team. Mrs Aston said: “We like nothing better than to go along to the courts and have a knock as a family.

“There is a great junior programme and Jason Jokhoo, the head coach, has an enthusiastic group of coaches working at Wargrave.

“There is a very good standard of tennis. Both the men and ladies play in the Berkshire winter and summer leagues. The ladies’ first team are currently in Division 1, which has a very high standard of tennis, and our aim is to stay there for as long as possible.”

Club chairman Dave Smith said: “I don’t think anyone else has won all three titles on finals day before.

“Steph achieved a grand slam and can be declared the queen of Wargrave tennis.”

The mixed doubles plate was won by Brian Curtis and Mrs Sandall with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Tim Price and Christine Cooke.

The ladies’ doubles plate went to Julia Freeman and Sheena Darke.

The men’s doubles champions were Mr Morgan and Mr Freeman with Dave Smith and Jon Drake taking the plate.

The men’s champion was Tom Wills who beat Mr Morgan 6-1, 6-1.

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