West Linton pair prove too strong in Borders U14 singles

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West Linton tennis pair Sean Berthelson and Kirsten Begg were the worthy winners of the boys’ and girls’ titles at the Borders U14 singles.

Played at Kelso Orchard TC, Berthelson proved too strong for young opponent Andrew Hogg of Berwick.

Although Hogg fought valiantly, Berthelson’s wide variety of forehand and backhand passes gave him the 4-1, 4-0 win.

And clubmate Begg triumphed by the same scoreline in the girls’ final against Robyn Elliot of Melrose, as the West Linton member’s first serves, volleys and groundstrokes were too powerful.

Gregor Nichol of Selkirk won the boys’ consolation final 4-2, 4-1 against Tom Church of St Boswells.

Kelso member Gregor Welsh lost a close quarter-final to Adam Fawcus of Berwick, and fellow home player Sebastian Scott-Watson was involved in the longest game of the day, losing out to Andrew Davidson of Selkirk.

Kelso president Gareth Stott presented the trophies and thanked main organiser Lesley Thomas, of Hastings & Company, for sponsorship.

Meanwhile, Kelso Orchard has been successful with two applications for grants.

The club was awarded £318 by Tennis Borders towards balls and equipment for the mini-tennis project.

And it has also secured £2,000 from the Communities 2014 Fund towards extending its mini tennis, cardio tennis and high-intensity training programme it is currently undertaking.

The cardio and high-intensity scheme is open to anyone, not just tennis players, and details can be found at www.kelsoorchardtennisclub.org.uk