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7 May 2014 / Daisy tops the national tennis rankings

For the second year running, Truro High School Prep pupil, Daisy Chapman, 10, from Grampound Road, has topped the national tennis rankings for her age group.

Daisy finished last season as the country's best performer in the under nine age group and, after a gruelling winter of hard training, she continued her winning streak when the new season began.

In the early months of the year she competed in the City of Liverpool Junior Tournament, the Thongsbridge Junior Open and the Crawley Junior Open - winning all three.

Daisy returned to national competition last month. She reached the quarter finals - sixth place - at the Nottinghamshire Junior Open the second weekend in April then won the Scottish National Championship in Glasgow the following weekend. These two results secured her the top spot on the Lawn Tennis Association rankings with a score of 1080 points - almost 200 points clear of her nearest rival.

Sara Chapman, Daisy's mother, explained that at the close of last season, with Daisy ranked No 1 in the country, she felt Daisy should take a few months off. In January she joined Truro Tennis Club and coached by Ryan Fern - county girls' captain - she went back into full training.

Sara said: "Daisy trained most nights after school and at the weekends, outdoors, under lights, in rain or shine - so mostly in rain! Staff at Truro High School have been brilliant in their support of Daisy. They've allowed her the flexibility to combine training with the school day. To be honest, it would be incredibly difficult for Daisy to train to a national standard without this support."

Truro High School Head of Prep, Alison Miller, said: "Daisy is an extremely talented girl and it's very much a part of this school's philosophy to nurture, encourage and enable each student to ensure they realise their full potential."

Ends 7 May 2014


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