Young ace nets a day at SW19 with former British Number 1 Henman

Susannah Cornwell enjoyed a day at Wimbledon alongside Tim Henman. Picture (c) Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Susannah Cornwell enjoyed a day at Wimbledon alongside Tim Henman. Picture (c) Scott Heavey/Getty Images

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Bedford’s Susannah Cornwell insists she will never forget her outing at the All England Club after starring in front of British hero Tim Henman.

The trip was part of the prestigious HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge Finals.

The 13-year-old, who is a member of Riverside Tennis Club, booked herself a spot at SW19 after competing in her county finals.

She won one group match before being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Girls Consolation draw.

Some 20,000 promising young tennis players from all over Britain competed in pursuit of a prestigious place at Wimbledon, with Cornwell among the top 144 boys and girls to have earned the right to play at the National Finals.

And, despite failing to follow in Andy Murray’s footsteps by lifting silverware at SW19, Cornwell admitted her outing at the All England Club was certainly the highlight of her summer.

“It was really exciting to play at Wimbledon as I have never really played on grass before and needed to adapt my game by bending my knees and moving a lot more,” she said.

“I’m mainly playing tennis for fun at the moment but I really like competing in tournaments like Road to Wimbledon as well so I’d like to see where I can get to in the sport.”

Cornwell even got the chance to meet former British Number 1 and HSBC tournament ambassador Henman while she was playing on the famous Wimbledon courts.

Henman spent time with the players, signed autographs, and posed for photos with the finalists – insisting he was impressed with the standard on show this year at SW19.

The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge is the UK’s largest national junior grass court tournament and forms part of HSBC’s investment in the stars of the future .

Visit www.hsbcroadtowimbledon.com for more.