On the road to Wimbledon

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Cullercoats’ Ryan Maughan and Collingwood’s Laura Van Ransbeke have qualified for the HSBC Road to Wimbledon County Finals.

Collingwood and Cullercoats clubs joined together for the prequalifying 14 and under tournament and both boys and girls draws were very large.

In the semi-finals, Maughan beat Sam Allonby (Collingwood) before meeting Gabe Allonby who had beaten Matt Robson in the other semi.

In an epic three-set tussle, Maughan came out the 10-8 third set winner and advanced to the county stage.

In the girls 14s, Laura Van Ransbeke beat Jasmine Hacioglu (cCollingwood) in the semis before meeting compatriot and doubles partner Ailsa Denholm (Collingwood) who beat Rachel Foreman (Cullercoats) in the other semi.

In a really hard-hitting game, Van Ransbeke came through 6-3, 6-4 to make it to the county finals.