Evans dethrones Cross in ‘biggest men’s final’ at County Open tennis tournament

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Mathieu Evans has been crowned men’s champion of the Pembrokeshire County Open tennis tournament

MATHIEU Evans was the big winner of the annual Pembrokeshire County Open tennis tournament.

The 19-year-old, making his senior draw debut, defeated last year’s champion Jeremy Cross in a scintillating men’s singles final at The Parade on Saturday July 16.

The crowd was put to their feet as Evans landed match point in a championship tiebreaker to dethrone Cross, who played his part in what Haverfordwest Tennis Club chairman Brian Hearne hailed the biggest men’s final he has ever seen in 63 years of involvement.

Western Telegraph: Senior Winners

Western Telegraph: Senior Winners

Senior winners

Evans went on to win further trophies with his father Bruce, a tournament veteran, in men’s doubles, triumphing over Carmarthenshire duo Danny Cobinah and Lewis Thomas.

Kerry Williams reclaimed the women’s singles title she won in 2019 by beating last year’s runner-up Sarah Newman, who was consoled by defending the women’s doubles title with recent Four Nations champion Laura Davies. The pair edged out Williams and partner Michelle Morgan in another tense championship tiebreaker.

Western Telegraph: Junior Winners

Western Telegraph: Junior Winners

Junior winners

Cross, a current Wales Senior Open champion, went on to defend his mixed doubles title with Ceri Coleman-Phillips. Together they beat Newman and Pete Warren Lavis, who beat Nathan Jones earlier in the day to win the men’s field.

The junior tournament was also a huge success this year and ran alongside the senior competition.

Western Telegraph: Mixed doubles champions Jeremy Cross and Ceri Coleman-Phillips

Western Telegraph: Mixed doubles champions Jeremy Cross and Ceri Coleman-Phillips

Mixed doubles champions Jeremy Cross and Ceri Coleman-Phillips

Robbie Stirling defended his boys under 12 singles title, while Phoebe Johnson was the girls’ age group winner.

Eddy Brown and Josie Hawke won the boys’ and girls’ under-14 singles competitions, with Hawke adding the under-16 trophy to his collection. Etienne Hole edged out an entertaining U18 final.

In doubles, there was more silverware for Stirling, who won the under-12 title with Gethin Frank, while Fynn Price and Shaun Bolger were the under-14 champions.

The tournament was again refereed by club coach Tom Hole with 79 players taking part over the fortnight.

Western Telegraph: Men's doubles champions Mathieu Evans and Bruce Evans

Western Telegraph: Men’s doubles champions Mathieu Evans and Bruce Evans

Men’s doubles champions Mathieu Evans and Bruce Evans

Haverfordwest Tennis Club President Dean Richards thanked Hole and his right-hand man Sarah Keogh for all their hard work, as well as a small group of volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure the competition ran smoothly.

“Finals day was a huge success, the parade was buzzing with excitement with family and friends cheering on the competitors,” said Richards.

“Thank you to everyone who took part, and a special mention to the players who traveled from as far away as Neath to take part.

“Planning has already started for next year.”

Western Telegraph: Kerry Williams, women's singles champion

Western Telegraph: Kerry Williams, women’s singles champion

Women’s singles champion Kerry Williams

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Western Telegraph: Women's doubles champions Laura Davies and Sarah Newman

Western Telegraph: Women’s doubles champions Laura Davies and Sarah Newman

Women’s doubles champions Laura Davies and Sarah Newman

Full results

Singles men: Mathieu Evans beats Jeremy Cross 6-3 4-6 1-0

Single ladies: Kerry Williams beats Sarah Newman 6-1 6-0

Men’s Doubles: Mathieu Evans and Bruce Evans beat Danny Cobinah and Lewis Thomas 6-3 6-2

Women’s doubles: Laura Davies and Sarah Newman beat Kerry Williams and Michelle Morgan 6-2 2-6 1-0

Mixed doubles: Jeremy Cross and Ceri Coleman-Phillips beat Pete Warren Lavis and Sarah Newman 7-6 6-2

The men’s plate: Pete Warren Lavis beats Nathan Jones 6-3 6-1

Boys under 18: Etienne Hole beats William Phillips 6-1 7-5

Girls under 16: Josie Hawke beats Honey Johnson 4-0 4-2

Boys under 14: Eddy Brown defeats Ned Rees Wigmore without

Girls under 14: Josie Hawke beat Anna May 4-2 1-4 1-0

Boys under 12: Robbie Stirling beats William Cross 7-6 0-6 1-0

Girls under 12: Phoebe Johnson beats Isabelle Owen 4-1 4-0

Double boys under 14: Fynn Price and Shaun Bolger beat Eddy Brown and Ben Brown 4-6 7-6 1-0

Under 12 boys doubles: Robbie Stirling and Gethin Frank beat Ethan James Scale and Sidak Mahey 6-0 6-1

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