Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Honiton, in S.W. England
I went along to Taunton today (less than half an hour's drive from home for me!) and saw the finals of the LTA British Tour.
Jade Curtis had obviously had a good run through the tournament, arriving in the final without too much difficulty, having even beaten the tournament's top seed yesterday.
She didn't really play her best today though, maybe a bit nervous in her first final, but there were some good rallies and she showed us what she is capable of. Surina De Beer (RSA) was just too consistent, too good, and indeed a deserved winner.
I knew Jade was a junior, as she is listed as tenth highest Brit in the ITF jnr rankings in the latest edition of ACE magazine.
But I have since discovered that she is only 13 years old, born on 2 May 1990. This is quite amazing, let's hope that in the coming years she continues to develop.
She comes from Cornwall, so I guess Taunton is probably her closest tournament to home!