She’s first class!
Sheffield-based student Anna Fitzpatrick is officially the United Kingdom’s top female University tennis player - after winning the annual British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) tournament at the weekend.
Fitzpatrick, a 23-year-old student at the University of East London, did not drop a single set in the entire tournament.
She beat Coventry University student Ana Bogdan 6-4 6-2 in the final, in Welwyn Garden City.
Both players have world rankings - Fitzpatrick’s highest was 318 in 2008 - and Bogdan has previously played at Wimbledon, winning three $10k singles titles and sixteen $25k or $10k doubles titles.
Fitzpatrick grew up playing tennis at Beauchief Tennis Club and at Graves Tennis Centre, and she currently trains at Hallamshire Tennis Club.
“I had a lot of fun competing for my University,” Fitzpatrick told the Telegraph.
“There was the added incentive of knowing that I would be making UEL proud by doing well in the competition.
“I have only been there since September last year so to be able to do so much for them this early on gives me a great sense of achievement.”
Five years ago Fitzpatrick, who has three older tennis-playing brothers, reached the girls singles semi-finals at Wimbledon.
“Over the last couple of days I’ve received so many texts and messages online from people congratulating me which has made me feel even more proud,” she said.
“Ana was the top seed at the event, but I kept my concentration well and I was really pleased that I managed to beat her in straight sets.
“I think it is UEL’s first gold medal at any BUCS event which is a nice little bonus!”