Ace performance from Perse tennis player at national tour championships
8 Feb 2019
Megan Carmichael (Year 11) produced a series of fine performances to reach the U18 girls final of the LTA Winter National Tour Championships at Roehampton.
The Perse pupil began her campaign by beating No 4 seed Danielle Hack. She then saw off Olivia Rook 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in a three-hour quarter-final before edging out top seed Charlotte Howard 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 following a tiebreak in the semi-finals. Megan went on to lose 6-1, 6-1 to No 2 seed Grace Piper in the final.
At 15, Megan was one of the youngest participants in the championships and was elated to have been runner-up.
She said: “It was such a good feeling because I haven’t played at this level before. It’s the highest level in junior domestic tennis, so to get to the final was just amazing. It’s given me so much belief and confidence going forward to be able to think that I can belong here.”
Megan said the highlight of the tournament was her triumph over the No 1 seed in the semis, following a short break after her marathon quarter-final victory.
She said: “I played some really good tennis in the first set, but I was struggling physically after such a long match earlier in the day and lost the second set. The final set went to a tiebreak and I went 5-1 up, but then it became 6-5 and I had match point. I was thinking ‘oh my goodness! – my opponent missed a shot and I won. That was a really great win because my opponent wins a lot of competitions.
“I lost in the final, but I felt drained physically and emotionally because I’d put a lot of emotional investment into the semi-final – I came off crying because I was so happy – and it just took everything out of me.”
Megan now hopes to follow up this performance at the national U16 competition in Nottingham during half term.