Sienna Jetha retained her Under 13 Girls national finals in Wolverhampton, without dropping a single set. But that wasn’t all. She also teamed up with with Alisha Dutta to take the Doubles title as well.
London Academy started the tournament with a remarkable 10 entrants.
Sienna, along with Alisha and Mauli Shah, made it to the knockout stages. Mauli and Alisha both went out in the last sixteen, leaving Sienna the last girl representing London Academy. If this put any extra pressure on her it did not matter. She beat Mauli’s nemesis Hannah Saunders for the loss of only 7 points.
A straightforward win against Millie Noble in the semi-finals meant the would have to beat second seeded Eva Eccles to retain her title. The final was an equally one-sided affair with Sienna beating her rival 3-0 (11-8, 11-4, 11-6).
Another notable performer on the day was Inayah Zasella who managed third place in Group 5 with wins over Samantha Rupapa and Ashley Badger.
Inayah was also the best of the London Academy Under 11 Girls on the day. She made it through to the quarter finals where she lost in three sets to Cindy Xiao.
Nishil Shah was the pick of London Academy’s players in the Boys Under 11 tournament. Nishil won his group, defying the seeding by beating Charles Donald 3-2 (9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 3-11, 11-6). A straightforward win in the Quarter finals over Noah Byrne-Smith brought him face to face with Lewis Wu for a place in the final. Sadly a slow start left him facing an uphill struggle. Despite an excellent comeback in the 3rd game he eventually lost 12-10 in the fourth. This performance guaranteed him a Bronze medal on the day.
Nishil was joined by his brother Janak in the Doubles where they made it to the Semi Finals before losing in 4 sets to eventual champions Abraham Sellado and Kacper Piwowar.
In the Under 13 boys, London Academy managed four places in the last sixteen where Janak and Nishil were joined by Parsa Yamin and Shahuraj Nimse. The best result on the day came when Janak managed to reach the Quarter Finals where he lost to Kacper Piwowar.
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