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Teresa Catlin secures double delight at the ITF World Seniors' Championships

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Teresa Catlin becomes double world tennis champion. Picture: Beatriz Rui Ruivo (15519275)
Teresa Catlin becomes double world tennis champion. Picture: Beatriz Rui Ruivo (15519275)

Teresa Catlin is a double world champion.

The Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club coach won both the 50-plus singles and ladies’ doubles at the ITF World Seniors Championships in Portugal despite also picking up an injury that should have ended her hopes of either.

It was 1-1 and 15-15 in the

deciding set of the singles final against Norwegian Amy Jonsson-Raaholt at the national stadium in Lisbon when she felt a pain in her calf as she pushed off for a shot.

At 2-1 down she asked for the trainer, fought back to lead 3-2 then used all her mental strength to take the next three games to complete a 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 victory.

She said: “I got off to a great start, she made a lot of errors but played her way back into the match as she got used to my style of play being slightly more varied than most.

“I called the trainer at 1-2 in the third set with a calf injury. I had a time out and it eased

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slightly with the physio’s help but it was super painful and restricted my movement.

“That forced me to hit out more and fortunately she was also injured from a previous match and, like the first set, made more errors.”

Then it was straight off to the physio’s table to get patched up for the doubles.

“I told Siobhan (Nicholson – her doubles partner) that we were playing no matter what,” said Teresa. “It was her final too.

“But I could not move. Luckily the pair we played against’s only tactic was to whack it as hard as they could and mostly at Siobhan. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t move more than a metre either way.”

Helped by the opponents having decided not to play to the newly-crowned singles champions, the British pair won 6-4, 6-4.

“I’m surprised to have won both though it’s not necessarily a reflection of the world standings because not everybody plays, but you have to be in it to win it and I’m proud and happy to show that we Brits can compete with the best on clay, a surface we don’t usually play on.”

Teresa, seeded six, had reached the singles final of only her second foray into seniors individual world championship tennis (she played in the over-45 category in Florida last year) by seeing off both the fourth seeded Italian and top-seeded American en route.

“I couldn’t have done it without Siobhan and Pieter (Houten – her Cambridge-based Dutch mixed doubles partner with whom she lost to the eventual champions).”

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