Tennis ace Olivia doubles up in Namibia at international showdown

Olivia Elliott

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Bedford tennis starlet Olivia Elliott enjoyed victory at her first international ITF Junior tournament held in Namibia recently.

The 13-year-old, coached by David Felgate, was the youngest player in the tournament by three years, but paired with Spain’s Helena Jansen Figuera they won the doubles competition.

Olivia Elliott enjoyed doubles success

Olivia Elliott enjoyed doubles success

The pair had to win three rounds before reaching the final where they took on first seeds Maxine Bateman and Nicole Petchey.

Despite losing the first set, 5-7, they won the second 7-5 and then took the match on a tiebreak 10-8.

In the singles, she beat Alexis Tensfeldt and then lost out to Zimbabwean Rufaro Chirewa.

Olivia had also played the week before, losing 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in a 3.30hrs match against the eventual winner Milan Hartig of South Africa.

The teenager also reached the quarter-finals of the doubles with Nancy Chipan.

Meanwhile, Elliott, who trains at JTC in Northwood, has also won the Grade Two Nottingham double tournament prior to heading to Nambibia.

Paired with Erin Richardson, the duo defeated Amelia Rajecki and Anna Buckley, plus Holly Staff and Lillian Mould, on their way to the final.

There they saw off the challenge of Sasha Hill and Lauren Armstrong 6-1, 6-4 to lift the trophy.

She also went in the singles event, reaching the final before losing 7-6, 6-2 to Gemma Heath.

From there, Olivia competed in the Tennis Europe U16 event, reaching the quarter-finals, going down 6-4, 7-5 to Anastasia Tikhonova.

Olivia is now training hard for her next ITF juniors in June and has been short-listed for a place in Great Britain’s Junior Olympics side.