Lauren is toast of Halton after winning Euro crown

Under 12's Tennis Europe girls champion and Halton starley Lauren Armstrong (right) with club mates Erika Dodridge, Indu Ragunather and  Scarlett Hutchinson (l-r)
Under 12's Tennis Europe girls champion and Halton starley Lauren Armstrong (right) with club mates Erika Dodridge, Indu Ragunather and Scarlett Hutchinson (l-r)

Youngster Lauren Armstrong showed a strong arm when she made home advantage pay to win her club’s first ever Tennis Europe Under 12 event.

With entrants from 14 different nations including Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Malta, Italy, Czech Republic, United States, Jamaica and even Tanzania, the competition was fierce.

The qualifying rounds were played at Halton Tennis Centre and Aston Park Tennis Club who generously supported the event by allowing Halton to use the facility for the qualifying matches and the first round of the main draw. The qualifying event was predominantly an all-British affair with all but one player – Marco Franzini from Italy – coming through to qualify for the main draw.

And the girls final was won by home favourite Armstrong who beating Victoria Allen 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. After a nervous start, Lauren upped her game by taking time away from her opponent with a series of winners from the net and drive volleys.

Meanwhile, the boys final was won convincingly by George Loffhagen beating a spirited Rittik Anand 6-0, 6-0.

Fred Olivier Schommer of Germany could barely contain his excitement when he scooped the Babolat Challenge and collected a signed Aero Pro Drive by none other than Rafael Nadal.