Tennis starlet Freya takes international tournament by storm

Freya Christie
Freya Christie
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THE BURGEONING talents of young tennis-player, Freya Christie, of Hucknall, were on show again at a prestigious tournament in Corfu, Greece.

For 13-year-old Freya, of Beardall Street, pulled off a superb win in the girls’ singles, even though she was tackling rivals much older than herself.

The Corfu Cup was an event on the International Tennis Federation junior circuit for under-18s. But Freya came through four matches before beating a tough opponent from Romania, Oana Georgeta Simon, in a thrilling three-set final.

Freya took the first set 7-5, after trailing 5-3 and love-40, and although she lost the second 6-3 and went 3-1 down in the third, she fought back with some big serves to clinch the match 6-3.

Earlier she cruised through the opening rounds in straight sets, knocking out 17-year-olds from Bulgaria and Greece, and then fourth seed Nikola Tomanova, of the Czech Republic.

In the semis, she came across 17-year-old Italian Martina Biollo, who had defeated the second seed, but triumphed 6-4 3-6 7-6 after a nailbiting final set.

Freya, the daughter of Carol Bloomer, is one of the best players in Britain in her age group and one of the top 100 in Europe. Her success in Corfu means she now jumps to 611 in the under-18 world rankings.

She used to go to Beardall Street Primary School in Hucknall but now studies at the Sutton Tennis Academy in Surrey, which Andy Murray also attended.