Harrow tennis aces reach London Youth Games finals

Harrow have reached the London Youth Games finals

Harrow have reached the London Youth Games finals

First published in Sport

Harrow’s tennis team have set their sights on winning gold at next month’s London Youth Games finals after making it through the qualifying rounds at Redbridge Leisure Centre on Sunday.

The borough tennis team have qualified for the finals, which will take place at the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace on Sunday, July 6.

Team manager Nikaeta Shah said: “They all played a brilliant match. Each and every player contributed and did what they were told to do, and it’s fantastic. We have been training on a weekly basis for two hours each, getting the team ready for the qualifiers.

“We came fourth last year so are aiming to better it if we can. They are all at different schools.

“We had trials over a period of two weeks and we had a turnout of 60 children and from there we selected the teams.”

In the first qualifying round, Harrow were up against Greenwich. The team breezed through with Miren Shah completing a comfortable win in the boys singles while Dominique Olaleye picked up a 6-0 victory. The mixed doubles resulted in a 6-2 win for Bjorgvin Juliusson and Niikka Zareh. The same duo continued their form in the next match as they earned a 3-0 win over Lambeth.

The next tie against Kingston was the toughest Harrow faced. The coaches made some tactical changes with the team and brought in Parth Shah for the boys singles, who pulled off the performance of the day.

His grit and determination helped him recover from 4-0 down to win 6-4.

The mixed doubles was played by Zareh and Miren Shah, with a dominant performance seeing them win 6-1.

There was another stellar display from Team Harrow’s player of the day Olaleye as she claimed a very tight 6-4 win in the girls singles.

Harrow beat Kingston 3-0 in rubbers and the belief and confidence grew once again.

The final match of the day was against Redbridge on their home turf.

Harrow knew that if they won this tie they would qualify for the finals.

Zachary Murphy stepped in for the boy’s singles match and played flawlessly in a 6-0 win.

Olaleye again destroyed her counterpart in a 6-0 victory in the girls singles.

Miren Shah and Zareh rounded off the day with another success in the mixed doubles, leading to a 3-0 overall win against Redbridge.

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