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Megan Carmichael makes big impact at under-18s LTA Winter National Tour Championships

The Perse School pupil Megan Carmichael, who did well at the national championships. (7095280)
The Perse School pupil Megan Carmichael, who did well at the national championships. (7095280)

Megan Carmichael was elated after reaching the final of the under-18s LTA Winter National Tour Championships at Roehampton.

The Perse School Year 11 pupil, who is 15, was one of the youngest participants at the championships but that did not hold her back.

In the first round, Carmichael defeated No 4 seed Danielle Hack, and that was followed by a three-hour quarter-final against Olivia Rook, which she won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Carmichael secured a tie-break 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 win over top seed Charlotte Howard in the semi-finals.

The final proved one step too far as she was beaten 6-1, 6-1 by No 2 seed Grace Piper, but she was delighted by her performances.

“It was such a good feeling because I haven’t played at this level before,” said Carmichael. “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.”

Her highlight was the semi-final win over the No 1 seed.

“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,” she said.

“The final set went to a tie-break 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.”

Carmichael added: “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.”

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