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Griffiths enjoys doubles success
9:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
BROOME tennis prodigy Ellie-Rose Griffiths will never be daunted by playing in front of packed crowds at Wimbledon – having already claimed a major title on the hallowed turf.
The 14-year-old joined former British number one Tim Henman in south west London for the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and Under Challenge Finals.
And Griffiths grabbed her chance to shine with both hands, winning the girls doubles crown with Sophie Drakeford-Lewis.
The pair beat Megan Davies and Josephine Hogh 6-2, 6-2 in the final.
It was sweet revenge for Griffiths, who had earlier lost her singles semi-final to Davies 6-1, 6-4, with partner Drakeford-Lewis triumphing in the final.
“It’s inspirational to be part of this tournament and it’s fantastic to have won the HSBC Road to Wimbledon doubles,” said Griffiths, a losing finalist at last month’s ITF tournament in Donnybrook, Ireland.
“Seeing Sophie win the singles motivated me to win the doubles with her and we worked well as a team.
“We’ve only ever played once together but we know each other quite well together from other tournaments so we were really pleased with our performance.
“It’s been fantastic to be a part of the tournament and playing on the grass courts was really inspiring and it makes you want to play here as a professional.
“It’s given us greater confidence playing together and hopefully we will play more tournaments together in the future.”
Some 20,000 children from all over Britain competed throughout the summer in pursuit of following in the footsteps of Andy Murray by playing at Wimbledon, with the top 128 boys and girls earning the chance to compete at the National Finals.
Griffiths got the chance to meet Henman as he spent time with the players, signed autographs, and posed for photos with the finalists.
“The excitement of coming through the gates is still the same for me. It has the best tennis tournament in the world and it is a huge motivating factor for all the kids,” said Henman. “You see them out here on the grass where the greats of the game played and it is inspiring and that is where Wimbledon plays a huge part in generating the sport’s interest.”
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge is the UK’s largest national junior grass court tournament and forms part of HSBC’s investment in the stars of the future.
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