Game, Set, Match for a third year as SSS Tennis Champion

Monday 27 February 2023

For a third year in a row University of St Andrews Student Beth Laybourne has won Scottish Student Sport’s Tennis Individual Championships.

Last weekend saw the return of the Scottish Student Sport tennis individual and doubles championships at Saints Sport. Competing on home courts saw the return of reining Women’s Champion Beth Laybourne, as well as performance teammate Simone Korsgaard Jenson.

With a high standard of tennis set to take place, it didn’t stop Beth Laybourne as she headed straight for the final after winning all of her matches. After a tense final match against her teammate Simone, Beth won her third SSS tennis singles championship trophy, with a winning score of 6-4 6-3. Both St Andrews students made the final by defeating University of Stirling players in the semi-finals.

Following this success, Simone and Beth went onto secure the women’s doubles title as well, competing in a round robin against pairs from Robert Gordon University, Stirling University and Dundee University.

After a successful weekend Beth said “Going into this weekend I wasn’t expecting too much. Coming back from injury I was just happy I could play. But coming away with my third singles title and my second doubles title I’m over the moon! It’s always a great event and bringing home the trophies is always an amazing feeling. Now just to see if I can do it 4 times.”

Director of Tennis Claire McCulloch added “The SSS Tennis Championships is a fantastic chance for our players to compete against the best at Scottish universities, the standard of competition was incredible to watch. Beth and Simone securing the titles, Beth for the third year in a row, is testament to how hard they have worked this year on and off court”

This fantastic effort from the players will see them travel to Stirling with their teammates this weekend to compete in the BUCS individual Scottish Qualifiers. The following students will compete for a chance to play at Loughborough in the final if they are successful

Beth Laybourne
Simone Korsgaard Jensen
Emma Forrest
Penelope Owen

Benedict Mörl
Louis Swoboda

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