Double Crown Success for Claire Gwilliam

19/07/10

Claire Gwilliam winning U18 Surrey TitlesIt was a great way to finish the last season as a junior for Claire Gwilliam, who was crowned the Surrey U18 Champion for ladies doubles and mixed doubles in yesterday's Surrey Championships; and she came close to taking a third title in singles.
 
Claire first won the mixed title with her partner Tom Penn (Limpsfield) and then soon after, won the ladies doubles with her partner Clare Freeman (Ebbisham).

In the afternoon, with a shakey start after having played non-stop all morning, Claire managed to win her group in the singles qualifying stage and then advanced to the final in the knock-out stage against her ladies doubles partner Clare Freeman. Unfortunately after six hours and nearly 30 games of badminton, Clare Freeman proved to be just a little fitter and more consistent; and Claire Gwilliam was edged out 18-21 and 15-21 but a very well deserved silver medal.