Tennis Easy victory for Britain's girls

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Easy victory for Britain's girls

Great Britain's Under-21 girls swept to a runaway victory over the United States in the Maureen Connolly Trophy at Scotstoun in Glasgow yesterday, keeping the trophy for a third successive year. Having secured victory on Friday after winning seven out of the first eight ties, Britain added another two victories to take their overall tally to nine out of 11 matches. Karen Cross, regaining her singles form, picked up a point to make amends for losing on Friday to America's No 1 singles string, Sandy Sureephong. The 21-year-old posted a 6-1 6-0 victory, the most convincing of the tournament, over Kristin Sanderson. The British No 1, Lizzie Jelfs, then lost out 6-3 6-3 to Sureephong, the most promising of the visitors, who won both of the USA's points. But Jelfs and Cross wrapped things up in emphatic style with a 6-1 6-4 win in the final doubles clash against Traci Green and Farley Taylor. "I'm delighted," said the Great Britain team manager, Ann Jones. "We had the edge on paper, but the Americans played well. Now we have to build on our players' confidence after this victory." There was more good news for Britain's women at Nottingham, where Abigail Tordoff of Kent and Essex's Samantha Smith will meet in the final of the women's singles at the LTA autumn satellite event today.