Cramlington tennis ace has a smashing summer

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A Cramlington tennis star has aced the summer.

Emma Wilson returned to the UK at the end of the penultimate year of her four-year American Tennis Scholarship.

Emma Wilson receives the Northumberland Open Women's Singles trophy.

Emma Wilson receives the Northumberland Open Women's Singles trophy.

And she has enjoyed another highly successful summer, winning the Women’s Singles and Doubles titles at the Northumberland Open Tennis Tournament for the third year running.

The prestigious north east tennis tournament has been in existence since 1882, with previous winners including Wimbledon champion Ann Jones.

The annual event took place at the Northumberland Club in Jesmond, contested by players from all around the country, with the Women’s Singles event being part of the Lawn Tennis Association British Tour series of events.

The 21-year-old, seeded No 3 in the singles, defeated the reigning British Junior national champion Lillian Mould, from Warwickshire, seeded 4, in a thrilling final lasting over three hours 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.

Emma then proceeded to win the Women’s Doubles Final together with her Northumberland county colleague Steph Booth, with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over the Northumberland county pairing of Amy Hoburn and Lauren Jones. Emma and Steph were the No1 seeds in the event.

Emma has represented Northumberland Ladies since the age of 14.

She is a past pupil of Cramlington Learning Village and is a member of the Cramlington CTP Club, where she has been coached since the age of six by head coach Phil Barron. She is a graduate of the Northumberland Tennis Academy in Jesmond.

For the past three years Emma has been at Fresno State University in California. In 2018 whilst captaining the side and playing in the number 1 singles and doubles positions, she helped Fresno win the Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championships.

For the past two years she has been named in the All Mountain West Women’s Tennis Team for both singles and doubles, and been named in the top ten British players playing in the American College system.

During 2018 Emma achieved national college tennis rankings in both singles and doubles. She was also the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award, being the first player from the university to win the award since it was established in 1982.

Emma’s final year in America will be at the University of Arizona following her decision to follow head coach Ryan Stotland, who left Fresno State at the end of the season to take up a similar position in Arizona.

Prior to going to America, Emma was ranked No. 1 in Great Britain at under 18 level.