Rebecca’s top form goes on as she hits three finals

Rebecca Woods reached the semi-final of the Under 15 Girls singles in the prestigious Carlton International Youth Tournament in Holland.
Rebecca Woods reached the semi-final of the Under 15 Girls singles in the prestigious Carlton International Youth Tournament in Holland.

Alpha girl Rebecca Woods made all three finals at the Ulster U15 Open and took the top prize in the Mixed-Doubles.

With Rebecca playing alongside treble winner Kyle Magee (Raphoe) in Lisburn, the duo again proved why they are such a formidable partnership.

And only narrow defeats in the singles and the girls doubles, playing with Anna Comer, could deny Woods further successes on her home court.

Rebecca again teamed up with Kyle in the Mixed Doubles. The duo had taken apart a Swiss pair in the Carlton International Youth Tournament in Holland so were not expected to have too much problem in Lisburn.

True to form, they were to dominate the competition and went through without dropping a single set. They saw off Matthew McClimonds and Megan Ferguson in the opening round and Jack Nolan and Alma Comer before polishing off seeded pair Sean Patrick Laureta and Pamela Pontanosa in the semi-final.

Kyle, who had beaten Mark Kinnerk to lift the singles title 21-4 21-12 and then teamed up with Kinnerk to carry off the doubles, and local girl Rebecca were never troubled in the final of the mixed against number two seeds Mark Kinnerk and Niamh Gannon 21-12 21-10.

In the Girls Singles, Rebecca had straight sets victories over both Katie Browne and Orla Flynn but was always going to have to pull out all the stops against her semi-final opponent Niamh Gannon. Ranked number three behind Rebecca and Alexandra Troy, Niamh had a better head to head record, winning six of nine matches against Rebecca.

And things couldn’t have started worse for Hunterhouse girl Rebecca, who found herself 9-5 in arrears only to pull herself back to two points adrift of her opponent at the interval. She then levelled at 11 all and for the first time held the lead at 12-11. She eased through to 17-14 and secured the opening set 21-18.

Rebecca surrendered an 11-7 advantage to lose the second send and the decider was a tense affair. Eventually, Rebecca played a deft dro-shot to save match point and levelled at 20-20. The local girl then took a one point lead with a superlative cross-court winner and added the next point to seal her place in the final against top seed Alexandra Troy.

After an energy-sapping semi though, Rebecca couldn’t trouble Troy and was beaten in two sets in the decider.

The Girls Doubles saw Rebecca partnering Anna Comer. The duo enjoyed two straight sets victories over Lucy Bonar and Claire Small and then Kerry Fallon and Orla Flynn. However, Kim Feehily and Alexandra Troy made life tougher.

After the pairs traded blows in the opening two sets, Rebecca and Anna came from 18-13 down in the decider to level at 20-20 before losing out in heart-breaking fashion.