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THE growing strength of women's (or at least girls) tennis in Liverpool is emphasised by the fact that two of those contesting the Ladies Open singles at the Liverpool Parks tournament at Calderstones yesterday have been called on to represent the full Lancashire Lancashire (lăng`kəshĭr, –shər), county (1991 pop. 1,365,100), 1,878 sq mi (4,864 sq km), N England, on the Irish Sea. The county town is Lancaster. team.
Teenagers Gemma Bisson and Antonia `Tootsie' Nugent have eventually agreed to turn out for the county seniors, despite initial reluctance caused by their desire to challenge for the prestigious Junior tournament at Upton.
Despite still being teenagers, both girls have come on rapidly thanks to regular competition in the Liverpool League and first class coaching at the Wavertree Tennis Centre.
County captain Lillian Geey, of Liverpool Cricket Club, said she fully understands their doubts, but is confident they will benefit from playing in a highly-competitive atmosphere with adults.
The Upton junior is a favourite tournament with both players, who also enjoy playing on grass, but they have finally been persuaded this is a wonderful chance to develop their game - and attract outside attention.
Lancashire play in Group Two, having been relegated last year, and will be without several of their leading players, including Jane O'Donoghue, Alex Niepel, Rachel Viollet and possibly Helen Broome, so the Liverpool youngsters could hardly expect a tougher baptism baptism [Gr., =dipping], in most Christian churches a sacrament. It is a rite of purification by water, a ceremony invoking the grace of God to regenerate the person, free him or her from sin, and make that person a part of the church. .
Both were in action at the Parks tournament yesterday evening, where they were expected to meet in the final of the Ladies Open singles.
They might, however, find one or two tough obstacles on the way, notably in the person of hardhitting Jenna Webster Webster, town (1990 pop. 16,196), Worcester co., S Mass., near the Conn. line; settled c.1713, set off from Dudley and Oxford and inc. 1832. The chief manufactures are footwear, fabrics, and textiles. , who is younger than either but possibly even more promising.
All three girls are now being coached by Anthony Hardman at the Wavertree centre, and from September, Jenna will be attending four hours a day with the full approval of her school, St Hilda's, even though she has still to take her GCSEs.
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2. Something that preoccupies or engrosses the mind: Money was their chief preoccupation. with exams has held many promising players back in the past, but St Hilda's are just one of two or three Liverpool schools who are beginning to realise that tennis can be as good a career as almost anything else.