Blythe wins final thriller
Corinne Blythe retained her Leicestershire Junior Championship under-18 title after an epic three-hour battle with Jennifer Gadsby.
This was a high-quality match played between two hard-hitting players at the Leicestershire Club, Stoneygate, and fortunes fluctuated throughout.
In the end, Blythe edged home 6-4 in the deciding set of a 34-game marathon.
Gadsby went on to claim the under-16 event by beating Christina Pozerskis in straight sets.
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In the boys' events, Mark Richmond won the flagship under-18 title.
Richmond proved too strong for Mark Jeffries and ran out a 6-2, 6-0 winner.
Inspired by Andy Murray and Laura Robson's heroics at the Olympics, there was a record entry of more than 250 for the championships.
Tournament director Geoff Bone said: "The Olympic spirit really did shine through.
"Record entries in 30 events across seven age groups not only produced some high-quality tennis but the standard of sportmanship in such a competitive environment was the best I can recall in the years I have been involved in the championpionships."
Former British No.1 and world no.14, Mark Cox, now president of the Leicestershire County Tennis Association, was on hand to umpire matches and hand out trophies.
Girls U18 – Corinne Blythe bt Jennifer Gadsby 7-5, 5-7, 6-4; U16 – Jennifer Gadsby bt Christina Pozerskis 6-1, 6-2; U14 – Elizabeth Allwood bt Christina Pozerskis 6-0, 6-0; U12 – Elizabeth Allwood bt Anna Chesca 6-2, 6-1; U10 – Lilla Boukikova bt Grace Smith 4-1, 4-0.
Boys U18 – Matthew Richmond bt Mark Jeffries 6-2, 6-0; U16 – Ryan Parmar bt Barnaby Thorold 6-4, 6-1; U14 – James Ison bt Barnaby Thorold 7-5, 6-1; U12 – Rahul Dhokia bt Roman Kenny-Manning 6-1, 3-6, (10-4 in match tie-break); U10 – Owen Wilson bt Alex Solonenko 3-5, 4-2, (10-6 in match tie-break).