Rain makes it a black Friday for Grace Schumacher

EGLINTON tennis star Grace Schumacher has missed out on a chance to claim two prestigious junior titles after rain robbed her of twin finals appearances last week.Schumacher, along with a number of other promising young Bathurst players, was faring well at the NSW Country Closed Junior Championships in Newcastle before wet weather spoiled things at the crucial moment.The Eglinton player had made her way into the final of the under 11 girls singles as well as the under 12 girls singles, both of which were due to be played on Friday, but consistent rain put paid to any chance of the matches going ahead.Tennis NSW Community Tennis officer Nathan Wilkins said that he was confident Schumacher could have claimed at least one of the titles.“She had been playing really strong tennis all week, she defeated the top seed in the 11 girls event and probably would have won except for the downpour,” he said.“She was also in for a good battle in the 12 girls final. Coming up against one of the strongest girls in the state, it would have been a great match as Grace beat a member of the NSW PSSA state team in the semi-finals.“Unfortunately it’s one of those scenarios of a ‘What could have been.’”Bathurst Tennis Centre manager and coach Andrew Mitton couldn’t have been happier with the overall performance of the local contingent especially given the quality of players in action.“All the Bathurst kids had a good tournament, the weather was great and the last day was the only real hindrance,” he said.“The event was actually in a higher ratings category this year which enticed a lot of the really top quality players back and so to do well there was a great effort.“I though Grace was an absolute shoo-in to win the under 11s, Caitlyn Stained is a very good player in the 12s and she would have had a tough task to try and beat her, but to upset the number two seeded player in the first round, and then make it all the way to the final was a brilliant effort.”As Mitton indicated, Schumacher wasn’t the only local to fare strongly at the competition, with a handful of other players making it deep into their respective competitions.Alex Mitton was a semi-finalist in three different boys categories, while his sister Gabby was able to match her brother before she too was knocked out in three semi-finals.Harry Brown managed to make it to the quarter-finals of the under 12s mixed doubles and 12s boys singles.Dominique Mitton earned a spot in the under 12s mixed doubles quarter-finals, while Connor Lockie made the semi-finals of the boys under 10s singles and was part of the winning team in the boys doubles.Thomas Geyer also played his way into two semi-finals.The next event on the horizon for the talented group is the Central West Champion of Champions to be staged in Bathurst next month.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训学校.