HUNDREDS of young tennis players attended the Bridge of Allan Open over the weekend.

It was the first year the tournament attracted more than 200 entries in what turned out to be blistering sunshine.

Rosie Woodward, Edrick Koren, Katie Bradley and Abbie Woodward, all members of Bridge of Allan Sports Club, were victorious across their respective categories.

Rosie, 12, played in the 14U Girls Singles and Doubles and went on to claim a hattrick of titles.

Following an exciting final against Romily Murray from Carlisle, the local player came out on top to take her first title of the tournament.

In the 14U Girls Doubles, Rosie and her partner Carla Figueiredo from Aberdeen had a close final against Rachel Wilson from Auchterarder and Amy Hudson from Dundee.

They fought hard in the heat and managed to win the match and Rosie took her second trophy. The success continued when she teamed up with her older sister Abbie in the 18 and under doubles to beat the top seeds from Glasgow in the final.

Edrick was successful in the 9 and unders. Despite being unseeded, the youngster won his five group matches and then battled through a semi-final to reach the final where he faced fifth seed Rhys Sibbald from Glasgow. After some close points in front of a large crowd, Edrick managed to deliver a winning performance to lift the trophy.

Katie, also unseeded, put in some excellent performances in every round of the 18U Girls Singles, knocking out the number one seed in the quarter finals on her way to the final. After some long, hard fought matches Katie secured the victory in straight sets.

Tournament organiser Adam Brown said: “I was delighted to get such a big entry. It’s been a brilliant weekend at the club.

“We’ve made the most of the sunshine, fired up the BBQ and ensured all the visitors could enjoy all the facilities at the club.

“The adults have enjoyed a drink on the terrace while the children, when not playing, have enjoyed the Padel court, the table tennis, football and the ice creams.

“There’s been some brilliant matches and I’m delighted we’ve had some local success. Hopefully this can become a permanent event in the tennis calendar.”

Tournament referee Olwyn Roy added: “We had a fantastic Easter weekend with over 350 matches being played in a great atmosphere.

“The sunshine meant the junior players were able to take full advantage of the clay courts and as a result produced some very high quality tennis.”