Mia Longman has been seeking wins against opponents with ranking points for some time to make her own first appearance on the list. The Inter-Regional finals at RAF Cosford on the 12-13th May gave her the opportunity. Mia played in the team event for Yorkshire on the Saturday and immediately beat a ranked opponent Eva Eccles from East region. Mia couldn’t make it two wins as she lost to Gabriella Tonev in the second match. Mia’s teammate, Keli Shukla matched her singles win, but the girls couldn’t quite win the doubles. The final match score East 3 Yorkshire 2. The second tie was with South west region whose two girls were both highly ranked. Mia went 2-0 down to their number one Chloe Kay and despite pulling a set back eventually lost 3-1. The match could easily have gone either way. Mia then played Chloe’s sister Gypsie Kay and again went 2-0 down. She fought back well to level the match, but couldn’t quite finish it off losing 11-6 in the fifth. Yorkshire lost a really close doubles 11-9 in the fifth. The match score was South west 5 Yorkshire 0. This put Yorkshire into a playoff for 5th place. Mia and Keli won their first singles each and so they needed only the doubles. Again they went very close, but couldn’t quite get over the line losing 3-2. Mia wrapped up the win in her next singles with a comfortable victory over Rachel Lane. Final score Yorkshire 3 North West 1.
On Sunday the individual event saw Mia in group one with the top seed Caron Charles along with Eva Eccles and Rachel Lane whom she had beaten on Saturday. Mia repeated her win over Eva with a good 3-0 win. Her next game was against Caron Charles who is currently ranked number 1 in England for under 10’s and number 3 in the under 11’s. Mia played well in the first two sets, but again found herself 2-0 down. She then turned the third game around to take it quite easily. In the fourth set Mia led most of the way until she found herself 10-8 down and facing two match points. She dealt with them really well and won the set on deuce. In a very close fifth set Mia won the last three points from 8-8 to take the win 11-8. A great comeback and a fantastic win. In her final group match Mia again played Rachel Lane and despite a third set blip she was a comfortable 3-1 winner. This put Mia in the quarter final against Freya Wynne. Unfortunately Mia found herself 2-0 down again although she was close in both sets. Mia took the third and another comeback looked on in the fourth set with Mia playing some great rallies. However, she couldn’t quite follow up her best ever win with another 2-0 recovery and lost the set 11-9. Her conqueror was beaten in the semi-final by eventual winner Chloe Kay from South West region. Mia won 6/10 matches across the weekend. Mia still has a tournament in Grantham next week and the National under ten finals in June to look forward to. She has been working hard in practise having some extra training sessions with Ashley and Martin.
Author/ Published by Martin Lowe