7:10am Friday 9th May 2014
BETH Simmons completed a clean sweep in the National Deaf Tennis Championships.
The Oxford player won the singles, women’s doubles with twin sister Alex, and mixed doubles titles at the Gosling Tennis Centre, Welwyn Garden City.
It was Beth’s second success in the singles event, her first coming back in 2005.
And she picked up the double in thrilling circumstances, seeing off her sibling in a final-set tie-break.
Alex secured her place in the final after a straight-sets win over defending champion Bethany Brookes in the round-robin phase of the event, with Beth then beating the same player in the semi-finals.
A tense final saw Beth take the opening set 6-4, only for Alex to hit back 6-3 in the second.
There was nothing between the pair in the decider, but Beth held her nerve to win 7-3 in the tie-break and pick up the trophy.
“I am overwhelmed about beating Alex in the final,” said Beth.
“It was a very close and tense match. We had lots of close rallies.”
The Simmons sisters teamed up to take the doubles crown with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Brookes and Valerie Copenhagen to win their third national title together after previous victories in 2005 and 2007.
Beth partnered Surrey’s Peter Willcox – who also won the men’s singles and doubles – to mixed doubles glory.
The top seeds beat Lewis Fletcher and Brookes 6-4, 3-6, (11-9) after a championship tie-break to regain the title they first won in 2012.
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