Turner looking to continue his progress in America
FOLLOWING on from his success in the 18-and-unders of the BNP Paribas Open, Tom Turner turned on his best tennis again the next day to claim his first senior island title.
He had completed a remarkable comeback from five down in the tiebreaker against Nico Robinson to extend his success in a tournament where he had earlier won both the singles and the doubles at 18U level.
Turner had earlier beaten another left-handed player, Trevor Kuodza, in the quarter-final to set up a semi clash with Pieter Robinson on Saturday afternoon.
The clash against Robinson saw Turner break serve once in each set to win 6-3, 6-3.
Turner was using his much-improved serve to good effect and when Robinson tried to get to net to force the play, Turner responded with some excellent defensive play and chose the right moment to turn things around.
Nico Robinson and Ben Ferbrache contested the other semi and the former dominated this match with his strong serve and powerful ground strokes.
The final against Turner was now going to be a battle of the serves and who could dominate the point first.
Both players held serve in their first service games and thereafter, although each service game was hard-fought, Turner managed to focus and win the key points with some powerful inside-out forehands and ran away with a 6-1 win in the first set.
Robinson responded well and took the second set 6-3 in another exciting duel with plenty of fast-paced shot making.
The final set is decided by a 10-point championship tiebreak and Robinson got off to a great start, leading 6-1, at which point Turner showed his improvements in his mental game by keeping the pressure on and coming up with some well-timed forcing shots.
Robinson’s first serve deserted him and he visibility tightened as Turner started to claw his way back to six all and eventually triumphed 10-8.
Following a great build-up at the Island Games and County Cup, he will now compete in Oxford at a regional event.
The Culford School-based Sarnian had earlier spoken about his ambitions to get a scholarship in the USA.
‘I’ve just put my portfolio together and Sarah Borwell – a past Fed Cup player for Great Britain – is trying to get me a scholarship for America,’ he told the Guernsey Press.
‘Hopefully I’ll go out there for 2020, so that’s what I want to do, play college tennis in America.’