Hampshire’s Esther Adeshina was crowned the winner at the recently concluded 18U Girls Invitational Winter National Tour Finals that was held at the National Tennis Centre Roehampton between 5th – 7th February 2016.
The Grade 1 Masters Event brings together the 16 most successful players across the country during the Winter Season and these players battle it out at the Finals event to see who is crowned British Champion.
14 year old Esther was the youngest player competing in the tournament and won the event without dropping a set and defeating the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 2 seeds along the way. Esther defeated Berkshire’s Megan Forster 6-4 6-1 and the top seed, Olivia Peet from Lancashire, 6-2 6-4 in the first round and quarter-finals respectively. She took out Kent’s Sasha Hill 7-5 6-0 in the semi-finals before defeating Number 2 seed, 17 year old Sofie Woon from Yorkshire 6-4 6-3 in the final to claim the title.
Esther had just returned from a 2-week trip in January 2016 to Nairobi , Kenya where she had competed in two ITF 18 & Under Junior Circuit tournaments reaching the semi-finals of the singles and the finals of the doubles over the two weeks and seen her ITF junior rankings move up 200+ places.