Meriden’s tennis players take centre stage

1 August 2014

Meriden’s tennis players have continued their impressive run on the court, securing a succession of stunning wins in a round of tough competitions this year.

In April, fourteen-year-old Violet Apisah was crowned winner of the Gallipoli Youth Tennis Cup, an ITF Junior Grade tournament played at Melbourne Park. Violet continued her good form in July, competing against high-ranked opponents to earn the runner up title at the Queensland Junior Winter International, an ITF Grade 4 tournament.

Linda Huang (Year 10) also made her mark at the Queensland tournament, claiming victory in the doubles with her Victorian partner.

The South Pacific Open Junior Championships held in Fiji in June, saw Michaela Haet (Year 10) secure her first ITF title as winner of the tournament. Michaela played exceptional tennis, defeating number one seeded players in both the semi final and final matches.

In March, Meriden defended its title as the champion of Tildesley Tennis for a record fifth consecutive year. The School was named overall winner of the tournament from a field of twenty-four independent girls’ schools.

Meriden’s players dominated throughout the competition, with three of the team’s seven singles players making it through to the semi finals. Meriden’s representative in the final was twelve-year-old Patricia Apisah. Patricia played exceptional tennis against her seventeen-year-old opponent, narrowly missing out on the singles title but revelling in being the runner up in her first Tildesley tournament.

Meriden players secured all available spots in the semi finals of the doubles competition which meant that Meriden’s doubles partners were up against their own team mates in the grand final.

The riveting final match saw Claudia Furdi and Veronika Bunoza clinch the title from team mates Kaitlin Staines and Amne Ghamraoui. This was the first year that Claudia and Veronika have partnered together for the doubles, although both players have competed in Tildesley for the past five years. “We really wanted to follow in the footsteps of the 2013 Tildesley Doubles Champions who were Meriden girls, so that gave us even more motivation to win. It was Veronika’s last Tildesley tournament, so we all wanted her to finish on a high note. I was really glad for our School and all our team members that we made it happen,” Claudia said.

Veronika, who is studying for her HSC this year, said she couldn’t have had a happier ending to her last year competing in the Tildesley competition. “It has been one of my long-term goals to win Tildesley, so I’m really happy that I achieved it,” she said.