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National tennis title for Ennis’ Mia Gavin

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Ennis’ Mia Gavin collected a national junior tennis title in Galway last weekend.

Twelve year old Mia didn’t let the older years of her competitors stop her as she produced some impressive performances at the Ireland Tour 500 Graded Junior Indoors Tennis Tournament held at Galway Tennis Club.

Mia made her way to the semi-finals of the girls U14 competition where her opponent was thirteen year old Sorcha Ellen O’Keeffe of Castleknock Tennis Club in Dublin. Although Mia was down 2-5 in the first set against the number two seeded competitor, she battled back to win 7-6 and won the second set 6-3 to advance to the finals.

As the number one seeded player in the competition, the presence of fourteen year old Caroline Danaher of Donnybrook Tennis Club in the final was of little surprise. Competing against the national title winner didn’t deter Galvin who won the first set 6-4. She trailed 2-5 in the second seat but once again showed tremendous resilience to claim a 7-6 second set win which subsequently secured the title.

Coached in the Belgian tennis system by Danny and James Comerford, Mia regularly attends Kim Clijsters Academy in Belgium. Her focus now switches to playing claycourt tennis tournaments on the Junior Pro 10 Global Tour which will see her play in various European countries for the rest of this year

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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