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Denise Payet Bronze Medalist

Denise Payet was attending the PG Mutual National Championships for the second time. At 15 years old it was more of a learning experience rather than an expectation of going very far in any of the four competitions she was entered in.

Under 21 Ladies Singles

In the Under 21 Ladies Singles, Denise had two fairly comfortable wins over Lauren Evans (St) and Hannah Ward (Ng) beating them both 3 - 0.

In the round of 16 Denise was up against Middlesex County teammate Zahna Hall. Things didn't get off to a good start with Zahna winning the first two games -8, -9. Denise regrouped and won the next four games 7, 5, 7, 8 to complete a 4 - 2 victory.

In the Round of 8 Tin Tin Ho also of Middlesex and reigning U21 Champion completed a 4 - 2 win over Denise 8, -7, -9, 1, 8 & 6.

Tin Tin went on to retain her U21 title by beating Lois Peake (Sx) 4 - 0 in the Semi's and Maria Tsaptsinos (Bk) 4 - 1 in the Final.

Mixed Doubles

It was straight into the main draw, Denise partnered Alim Hirji (Mi) and faced the strong pair of Tom Jarvis (Li) & Maria Tsaptsinos (Bk) losing 3 - 1.

Ladies Doubles

Straight into the main draw again, this time partnered with her close friend and Ellenborough British League Teammate Kate Cheer (Sx). First up in the round of 16 were Evangeline Collier (Ng) & Lauren Evans (St), a 3 - 1 win for Denise and Kate, Round of 8 was as far as they would go losing 3 - 1 to Karina Le Fevre (Cv) & Emma Vickers (Dy).

Ladies Singles

In the Ladies Singles Denise wasn't expected to go very far looking at the draw. She should win her group, which she did against Mollie Patterson (Nk) and Charlotte Boston (Ca) 3 - 1 and 3 - 0 respectively.

Into the main draw, this is where Denise should have bowed out gracefully thanking everyone for the experience of playing in the Nationals. But it all went wrong, Denise hadn't read the script. In the round of 16 Denise beat Karina Le Fevre (Cv) 4 - 1 and then in the quarter-final she beat Yolanda King (Sx) 4 - 3, which is probably Denise's best competitive win of her career to date.

This meant that Denise had to come back on the Sunday and play on the Championship Table against Tin Tin Ho in front of a crowd of 500 spectators and television cameras. Tin Tin was once again too strong for Denise and ran out a comfortable 4 - 0 winner on her way retaining the Ladies Singles titale against Kelly Sibley (Wa) 4 - 1.

Quote from Tabele Tennis Englamd Website "Ho saw off surprise package Denise Payet in the last four, though It was the younger player who made the faster start, opening up a 6-1 lead and edging to 9-5 ahead before Ho found her range and took six points in a row to win the first.

The 15-year-old from Enfield had her moments, but was never in the match after that as Ho imposed her game and won 4-0 (9, 5, 7, 9)."

2017 Ladies Singles Presentation
L to R: Maria Tsaptsinos (Bk), Denise Payet (Mx), Kelly Sibley (Wa) & Tin Tin Ho (Mx)
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