Eden claims national title in Nottingham

Chester-born tennis starlet follows in footsteps of Heather Watson and Sue Barker by becoming under 16 national champion

Chester-born Eden Richardson, from Ellesmere Port, claimed the Nike U16 Junior National Tennis Championships in Nottingham.
Chester-born Eden Richardson, from Ellesmere Port, claimed the Nike U16 Junior National Tennis Championships in Nottingham.

Tennis ace Eden Richardson has added yet another title to her impressive collection after being crowned national under 16 champion last week.

Former Whitby High School pupil Richardson, 15, eased her way to victory at the Nike U16s Junior National Tennis Championships in Nottingham on Friday to seal her first national title.

The talented teenager, who was top seed at the competition, claimed the crown after breezing past Emily Appleton 6-0, 6-3, winning the title without dropping a set during the entire competition.

It was very neary a double national triumph for the Ellesmere Port ace as she also contested the final of the U18s competition where she was eventually beaten by highly-rated junior Jasmine Amber Asghar 6-1, 6-2.

“It was a great experience for me and I was really happy with my performances,” said Richardson, who hails from Stanney Oaks.

“It was really pleasing that I claimed the victory in the U16s as I had to bounce back from the disappointment of defeat the day before in the U18s final.

Richardson, who has lived in Bath for the past year and is a member of Team Bath MCTA Tennis Academy, has enjoyed a hugely successful season on court in 2014.

During the summer, Richardson, a former member of Ellesmere Port City Tennis Club, has been in action at competitions around the globe and has secured two title victories on foreign soil in recent months, claiming glory at the ITF Justine Henin Junior Cup in Belgium and the Sports City Junior Championships in the UAE.

Her excellent form has also seen her star for Great Britain at the Summer Cup finals in Hungary.

“Things have been going really well for me this season and I’ve been getting some great results,” said Chester-born Richardson, who celebrates her 16th birthday next week.

“I’m a player that doesn’t give up and I just want to keep building and keep on improving.”

Richardson, who heads out to Cyprus in a fortnight’s time, is ranked at world number 219 in the ITF junior rankings, something which she is looking to improve.

“My aim is to get in to (junior) Wimbledon next year, that’s the goal,” she added.

“I’m playing against the best juniors in the world and I want to keep climbing the rankings.”

 
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