Tennis scholars make progress
Three more sports scholars from UEL’s Tennis Club have won places in the main draw of the BUCS Individual Championships – doubling the University’s representation.
Jack Anton, Aleksandra Mitrovska and Millennia Severino each saw off three opponents at the Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre in order to qualify.
Mitrovska, Anton and Severino will join teammates Lewis Thompson, Michael Suleau and Lutfiana Budiharto, who automatically qualified.
Anton, UEL’s number 3 seed, was the first UEL player to make it through the draw winning his final match 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. The next qualifier was Severino, who swept past her final two opponents 6-1, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-0, while Mitrovska booked a place in the main draw with a 6-2, 7-5 victory.
UEL’s head coach Andrew Foster said afterwards that he had big hopes for the main draw.
“The main draw’s going to be a step up,” Foster said. “But who knows? Tennis is so much more than about how you hit the ball. It’s about the character of the person who’s hitting the shots, and they’ve showed really good character this weekend. I’m optimistic that we can give a good fight.”
Several other UEL players came close to qualifying, including Seb Kay, who lost his final match of the qualifying weekend in three sets, and Ava Peruhova, who battled hard in her third match but ultimately lost, 6-7, 1-6 in a heated battle.
Foster spoke well of all his players, adding, “For me success was just them committing, competing on the courts, win or lose, just giving it a hundred percent, be respectful to your opponent, be honest to yourself. And they did, really. I was really pleased. We’ve done well here.”
Notes to Editors
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