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Varsity Preview: Women’s tennis looking for a perfect season finale

Left to right: Alice warren, Panteleima Nicolaidou, anna Rolfe, Rebecca Astill.

by Reece Chambers

Cardiff University Women’s Tennis are looking forward to this year’s Welsh Varsity after a flawless display in their BUCS campaign.

The 1sts won all five of their matches in the Western 2B division as well as claiming the Western Conference Cup against Plymouth 1sts earlier this month.

A 100% win ratio for the team will give them great hope going into Varsity against a Swansea team that play in their tennis this year in division South A – notably higher than Cardiff.

However, for Cardiff, they will be going into Varsity with much more spirit and confidence than their Welsh opposition. Whilst Cardiff currently boast a 100% win ratio this season, Swansea have a 100% loss ratio to their name.

Having won all of their games this season, first-team player Rebecca Astill has reflected on the season as one of their best for a number of years.

“it’s been the best season in a while for the team with no losses to our name, and the momentum definitely helped us towards our cup win. We are looking forward to being in a tougher league next year,” said Astill.

Astill has also attributed much of this year’s success to the amount of time and effort the team has invested into becoming a strong outfit with a new coach.

“I think a big factor in our success was the addition of a coach, leading to more rigorous training sessions with a focus on tactics, particularly for doubles, and overall fitness.”

Ahead of Varsity in two weeks time, Astill and the rest of her team appear to be confident going into the match despite being a few leagues below their opponents.

“Varsity is looking to be a tight one for the ladies team this year – despite being in the Premier division.

“They have lost their two best players and not won a match so we are looking to take the win.”

Given that Welsh Varsity is one of the biggest sporting occasions for university students, all student-athletes will be looking forward to the chance of playing their respective sports in front of more people than usual.

For the women’s tennis team, the focus is quickly turning away from a flawless league season and to a Varsity showdown against Swansea.

“In the weeks leading up to Varsity we will be adding in extra training sessions. I am playing in the second doubles, and our coach is trying to encourage us to be more attacking and serve and volley more so I think this will be the main focus,” said Astill.

Cardiff University Women’s tennis team will be taking on their Welsh opposition, Swansea, at Cardiff Lawn Tennis Club on April 10. Both the women’s and men’s matches are due to start at 12.30pm so make sure you head over to cheer on the Cardiff teams.

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