Shropshire’s Val Fisher takes part in ITF Nottingham Futures wheelchair tennis tournament
Shropshire’s Val Fisher returned to competitive action when she took part in the Nottingham Futures wheelchair tennis tournament.
Val, from Weston-under-Redcastle, near Shrewsbury, was drawn against Ruby Bishop in the first round of the International Tennis Federation event.
Val impressively took the first set 7-6 before her opponent hit back to win the second 6-2 to level the match.
Heat exhaustion on a very hot day in the East Midlands then led to Val unfortunately having to retire on medical grounds ahead of a deciding set getting under way.
She said: “It was exceptionally hot and a first for me, having to medically retire due to heat exhaustion at one set all. It seemed a wise decision, although it was very disappointing.
“On the plus side, I went on to reach the final in the Consolation Draw, where sadly I lost to a very good opponent.”
Val beat Jessica Webb to reach the Consolation final, which eventually ended in defeat against Caroline MacDonald.
The winner of the Nottingham Futures tournament was Brit Lauren Jones, who beat Turkish top seed Bosra Un in the final.
Val added: "While I was in Nottingham there was plenty to enjoy. There were Wimbledon champions in action together with many up and coming juniors.
“It is wonderful to see such strength and depth to the game.
“Since I started playing 12 years ago, the standard of play, equipment development and the dedication of all concerned has continued to grow.”
Pictured: Val Fisher on court.