Defeated in county final

Lincolnshire U8 runner-up, Stamford's William Barker
Lincolnshire U8 runner-up, Stamford's William Barker
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STAMFORD Tennis Club’s William Barker was U8 runner-up at the Lincolnshire Junior Closed Championships at Boston recently.

There were 12 boys competing in the singles in William’s age group with players split into two divisions and playing matches in a round robin format.

William won four of his five group matches to face the winner of the other division in the semi-final - a match he won comfortably.

In the final, William faced the only boy to have beaten him in the group stage, when he lost 10-1. But he played strongly in the final, serving well to narrowly lose 10-8.

William’s coach Carole Wilson said: “I am delighted with William’s performance. He combines good tactical awareness and rapidly improving technical skills with a fierce competitive spirit. He also displays good sportsmanship regardless of a match’s outcome.

“He has taken the opportunity to identify some areas of his game to work on, learning from his defeats while enjoying his victories.”

For details about coaching at Stamford Tennis Club call head coach Carole Wilson on 07939 095713.