Holly Mowling, the long-serving captain of the Shropshire ladies team, was runner-up to the world’s top over-35s player at the British Seniors’ Clay Court Championships in Bournemouth in June.
The International Tennis Federation tournament was played on a round-robin basis, with Holly, the coach at Bridgnorth Tennis Club, only beaten by Croatian Iva Saric, now ranked world number 1 in this age category.
Holly’s first match saw her face Saric, who beat her in the British Seniors’ Indoor Championship in Tipton earlier this year. History repeated itself as the classy Croatian prevailed 6-2, 6-1. But Holly, from Broseley, responded impressively to win her three other matches during an enjoyable week on the south coast. Holly is now looking forward to competing at the British Seniors’ Grass Court Championships in August.
Holly says, “I was happy to finish in second place from a strong field of players. Iva again proved just too strong for all of us and is on another level.”