Lisa is Sussex’s ace after British Tour

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FELPHAM’S Lisa Phillips is ranked the number-one women’s tennis player in Sussex and 55 nationally after impressive results on the British Tour.

The 17-year-old has climbed the tennis rankings steadily and is delighted to have reached the number-one spot as well as reaching an impressive 3.2 rating.

Phillips’ matchplay has stepped up a notch and she is having close rallies with world-ranked players.

She travelled to Loughborough and beat Nottingham’s Nina Luiggi 6-0, 6-3 in an hour and a half – a lot quicker than their previous encounter last September, when Phillips narrowly beat Luiggi in an exhausting three-and-a-half-hour battle.

Phillips played Essex’s Aimee Gibson, who has a career-high world ranking inside the top 1,200 and a current GB ranking of 28.

She got off to a flying start and felt her tennis in the first set was the best she had ever played. She bagged the first set 6-3, but struggled to maintain the intensity of her shots and lost the match, dropping the next two sets 6-0, 6-1.

At Sutton, Phillips got off to a slow start against Somerset’s Ola Pitak, but managed to turn the match around to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Her next match was against 3.2-rated Sian Green. Phillips was delighted to beat the 17-year-old from 
Essex 6-3, 6-2.

She also played Mariam Bolkvadze, currently ranked 25 in GB and with a world ranking inside the top 1,200. The match was hard-fought for two hours, but Phillips could only snatch a few games and lost 6-1, 6-2 to Bolkvadze, who was the eventual winner of the British Tour event.

Phillips is now set for clay-court training in Barcelona for two weeks, as she is one of ten girls and 14 boys who have 
been selected by the LTA to go on the overseas trip.