Search

Parish makes point on British Tour

17:30 23 January 2014

Upminster

Upminster's Helen Parish finished runner-up at a British Tour event in Scotland

Archant

Upminster ace exceeds expectations

Upminster’s Helen Parish exceeded expectations to finish runner-up at the Aegon British Tour event in Stirling at the weekend.

Parish entered the competition late, after a regional event in Bath was cancelled, to gauge her progress following several years out with illness.

And after receiving a bye in the first round, she won three matches to reach the final against number one seed Anna Fitzpatrick.

Parish said: “She’s a very experienced player, currently ranked within the top 20 in Great Britain, so I knew it’d be a tough test.

“I was able to push her really close in the first set and even had a set point, but I just didn’t have enough energy left in the tank.

“Anna took full advantage of that and I ended up going down 7-5 6-1. But while I was disappointed not to be able to perform like I had in my previous matches, I surpassed everyone’s expectations, including my own, by getting that far.

“I thought it might be too early to progress to national competition but I was really keen just to play some matches and thought I might be able to get through a round, so took a chance. It turned out to be a really good decision!”

Parish beat the unseeded Anna Daisley (West of Scotland) 6-0, 6-4 in her first match, then defeated number seven seed and top 10 national junior Louie McLelland (North of Scotland) in the quarter-finals.

“I had not been well at all after my match the previous day and had to stay in bed until an hour before I was due to play to even make it onto court,” added Parish.

“My goal was simply to get through as many games as I could, which probably helped me to relax and conserve what little energy I had left.

“I was surprised at how well I dealt with everything that was thrown at me and couldn’t quite believe it when I closed out the match (6-3, 6-2).”

Parish played some of her best tennis in the semi-final against third seed Mollie Crouch (Hertfordshire) to win 6-2, 6-3, to the delight of her coach.

“It was probably the closest I’ve come to replicating my form in practice during a match. My coach was sitting at the side of the court laughing at some of the shots I was coming out with!” she added.

“I achieved something last week that I once thought would never be possible. Four years is a long time to be out of any sport, let alone tennis, so it’s really encouraging for me to see that I am l able to do well at this level after all this time.

“I’m still not allowed to train for more than five hours per week, so once I’m able to build that up and get more experience playing these tournaments hopefully I will progress even further.”

0 comments

Latest Romford Sports News

07:00
Romford's Paul Claydon jnr, Tom Lickfold and Tim Olla, with coach Darren Sharpe, compete in Northern Ireland this weekend

Emerson Park super-lightweight in Copper Box action

Yesterday, 17:30
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still hopes he has something to applaud after Saturday's game against Crawley Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers boss John Still urges squad to do it for fans, but admits he may be absent for visit of Crawley

Yesterday, 15:30
Members of the women's football team present Fionnuala McCurtain, granddaughter of Thomas, with a club shirt

Goodmayes club remember Easter Rising in matches with Passage West

Yesterday, 14:30
Junior Luke celebrates after scoring for Hornchurch against Thurrock in the Ryman North play-off semi-final (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Bridge Avenue manager reflects on 2-0 win, excellent first half and Purcell’s penalty

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

Our West Ham Columnist thinks Jamie Vardy should have been player of the year

Yesterday, 09:30
The Dagenham & Redbridge fans' forum took place at Victoria Road on Wednesday (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2015-16 season

George Purcell of Hornchurch scores from the penalty spot (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Ryman North play-off semi-final: Thurrock 0 Hornchurch 2

Wed, 16:00
Hornchurch forwards George Purcell and David Knight celebrate (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Urchins boss Jimmy McFarlane discusses going back to his old club for play-off semi-final

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe