Claudia Johnson swept the board in the County Closed Championships held at Riverside Lawn Tennis Club from 25 – 30 August becoming both the U16 and U18 Girls County Champion and claiming victory in both the U18 Mixed Doubles final and the U18 Girls Doubles final.
Claudia, currently in Year 11 at Bedford Modern School, faced Sofia Conti in the U18 finals on Friday 29 August and won comfortably 6-1; 6-2, retaining her title as U18 girls County Champion.
The following day she faced Shanice Marshall-Sefia ranked 16th in the country, in a nail-biting match which lasted three and a half hours. Claudia won the first set 7-6 but lost the second 4-6. In the third set Claudia fought back from 6-4 down to level the tie-break and went on to win the next two points to take the match. The two girls then teamed up to take the U18 Girls Doubles trophy with a score of 6-4; 6-2.
Claudia’s success continued when, on the same day, she went on to play with Pete Jamieson winning the Mixed U18 Doubles trophy 6-3; 6-3.
15 year-old Claudia said: “I couldn’t believe that I’d won all four finals. After 11 hours on court I was exhausted but elated!”
Heather Gilbert, Co-ordinator of Girls Games added: “This is a tremendous achievement and well-deserved. Claudia trains exceptionally hard and her determined approach has clearly paid off.”