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Koroleva makes an impact

The 2017 Cayman Open completed a successful week of competition at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club this past week. Most of the participants of the men’s and women’s divisions were from or reside on the Island.

However, as always, the Cayman Open attracts participants from overseas. Several tennis pros from the Island also participated in this year’s Cayman Open with an extremely talented new ladies teaching pro who recently arrived here.

Yana Koroleva

Yana Koroleva, who was once No. 385 in the world, has just moved to Cayman and showed her talent on the courts losing only two games in the entire tournament.

The 24-year-old Russian is by far the best female to play in the Cayman Open and it was a great pleasure for all to see her in action.

The biggest draw in this year’s Cayman Open was the men’s open division which turned out to be a fantastic draw of players, the best to come from overseas for this tournament.

Ilian Nachev

Plus, most of the tennis professionals on the Island participated as well. At the end, Ilian Nachev, a former collegiate player in the United States and currently a Caymanian, prevailed.

He defeated another former U.S. collegiate player and Island Games teammate, Kevin Fawcett in the finals on Saturday.

Kevin Fawcett

The match was extremely entertaining with Nachev taking the match 7-6, 6-4. The men’s open doubles was also a treat to watch on Saturday as Nachev and Callum Theaker, the top Cayman junior, who took on local pro Adam Bayley and Richard Harrison in the finals. Nachev and Theaker won.

In the women’s open singles, Koroleva defeated Wilkinson in an entertaining match. The women’s final open doubles saw the talented Koroleva team up with a local junior, Lauren Fullerton take home the championship defeating Jennifer Frizzelle and Wilkinson in the championship.

The women’s 45 singles was won by Maxine Wesley from England who took on a club member, Susan Dasher, while the men’s 45 singles was won by John Davies defeating Steve Theaker.

In the mixed open finals, the Cayman Open saw three out of the four participants under 17 years of age; which is fantastic for the future of local tennis. Callum Theaker and Jade Wilkinson took on Mike Fullerton and his daughter Lauren Fullerton the finals. A great and thrilling match saw Theaker and Wilkinson take the championship.

Callum Theaker and Jade Wilkinson

Club head coach Rob Seward said: “The Cayman Islands Tennis Club is very happy to continue with the tradition of putting these events on at the wonderful venue. This event has always proven to be a great tennis event for the Island. We would like to thank all of our members for the continued support.”

More coverage of the event can be seen on Facebook.

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