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Syms displays form that won place on Aegon funding matrix

By Herald Express  |  Posted: June 14, 2012

SERVE:  Emily Syms had a busy half-term week playing in several junior tennis events

SERVE: Emily Syms had a busy half-term week playing in several junior tennis events

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RISING tennis star Emily Syms reached two finals and won one of them during a hectic half-term week.

Syms, who is nine and a pupil at Trinity School in Teignmouth, was 'on tour' around the West Country and further afield all week.

In Bournemouth she lost in a closely fought semi-final match to an opponent from Hampshire.

Syms followed this up by reaching the final of an event in Bristol, losing to the top seed Amelia Bissitt from Wiltshire.

Two days later Syms travelled to Newquay where she went one better to claim her first regional tour title beating the top seed in the final in a tense three-set battle.

To round off a hectic half-term period Emily competed in the British Clay Court Championships at the Gosling Sports Village in Hertfordshire.

The grade two event was made up of the top 24 players in the country. Syms played some superb tennis as she qualified from her group before losing to top seed Arabella Moan from Essex 7-5, 7-5.

During the event, which was her first on a clay surface, Syms won three of her six matches eventually finishing the event in tenth place.

Syms has recently been selected by the Lawn Tennis Association to join the Aegon-sponsored matrix system.

This means Aegon help support her with some funding towards her tennis programme and class her as a national talent ID player and an Aegon Future Star.

Syms is the youngest girl in Devon and Cornwall ever to be selected.

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