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Parish serves up another title

PUBLISHED: 17:20 26 February 2015

Helen Parish (right) celebrates another tennis title at the Batchwood Open

Helen Parish (right) celebrates another tennis title at the Batchwood Open

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Upminster ace celebrates more success

Upminster tennis ace Helen Parish was celebrating again after winning the Batchwood Open in St Albans.

Parish won her first national level title since 2009 at the AEGON British Tour event in Stirling last month and proved too strong for her regional rivals.

After sweeping pass Shropshire’s Emily Sutcliffe 6-0 6-1 in less than an hour, former Coopers pupil Parish beat Clara Falxa (North of Scotland) 6-1 6-2 in her semi-final.

That set up a meeting with Middlesex’s Jennifer Gogova in the final, but Parish found herself 5-2 down in the first set.

After saving five set points, she took the set 7-5 and then closed out victory 6-3 in the second.

“Given how long I’ve been out of the game, it’s important for me to be on the match court at any level,” said Parish.

“I was pleased with the result against Clara as she’s an attacking player with an unorthodox style, and she was the runner-up in the Scottish Open the previous week, so was always going to be a difficult opponent.

“I started the final badly, which seems to have been a theme of a lot of my matches so far this year, but obviously it’s still very early in my comeback.

“There’s a lot I can improve upon. At the moment I’m planning to keep playing and working on my game on the British Tour and at smaller regional level tournaments before making a return to the ITF Pro Circuit in the summer, if my health allows.”

Parish is set to compete in a British Tour event in Norwich next week.


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