Real Tennis 2011
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Vigrass and Vigrass Champions Again
The Prested Hall Real Tennis Club is celebrating the achievements of members Claire Vigrass, 19 and her elder sister Sarah, 23, in the Ladies’ British, Australian and World Open Championships. The sisters were losing finalists in the British Open Doubles and progressed smoothly through the singles to meet each other in the final. Both hit with awesome power and cut, but Sarah was forced into a string of snatched errors as she struggled to stay on terms with her opponent’s focus and accuracy.…read more
Essex Sports Personality of the Year
A MEMBER of the Prested Hall Real Tennis Club, Claire has had an excellent 2010.
At a national level, she won the Grand Slam of Ladies’ Open Singles and Doubles Championships, the youngest-ever player to hold these Australian, British, French, and USA titles concurrently. She became number one in the ladies’ world rankings and has the lowest-ever recorded women’s handicap.
She became the first woman to represent GB in the Van Alen Cup series against USA; win the Amateur Under-20 Singles, and Under-21 Open, Championships; and compete in National League Division One. Vigrass also won the Ladies’ International Invitational Singles Tournament .
At club level she took the Level Singles title from England international Mark Nicholls. She also helped broaden the, sport’s appeal to women and youngsters through exhibition matches, social networking websites and by using her experience as British Open Junior Girls’ Champion for eight years running.
Real Tennis: Claire Vigrass has confirmed her number one ladies’ world-ranking.
She beat arch-rival, and fellow Briton, Karen Hird 6-1, 6-4 at the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club, Australia, to become, at 20, the youngest-ever Ladies’ World Open Singles champion.
Claire and her elder sister Sarah, 23, also defeated Hird, 22, and her partner Rosie Snell 6-2, 6-1 to clinch the Ladies’ World Open Doubles Championship.
Earlier this month, Claire and Sarah, from lnworth, successfully defended their Australian Ladies’ Open singles and doubles titles.
Both Claire and Sarah are members of Prested Hall Real Tennis Club, Feering, and were encouraged to take up the sport, as teenagers, by their father, Chris Vigrass, who is chairman of the club’s committee.