Hot prospect Noble edged out by Brett in final

Runner-up: Olivia Noble, centre, lost in three sets to Hannah Brett.
Runner-up: Olivia Noble, centre, lost in three sets to Hannah Brett.
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SHEFFIELD High School youngster Olivia Noble slipped to a three set defeat in the girls singles final of the 10th HSBC Road to Wimbledon National Finals.

Noble, aged 14, lost a hard fought encounter with Hannah Brett of Berkshire 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 at The All England Club on Saturday.

But despite the narrow loss, Noble, who practices at the Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre, pocketed £250 from reaching the final.

The second seed also met former mens British number one turned esteemed commentator Tim Henman.

It was four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Henman, pictured, who presented Noble with her trophy. Henman, an ambassador for the tournament, spoke to the competitors about his experiences of the professional tour during a tennis clinic.

Noble beat Daisy Hugkulstone, Zoe Douglas, Holly Hutchinson and Brett en route to the final.

British number one Andy Murray won a seventh Masters title as world number one Novak Djokovic retired from the Cincinnati final with a shoulder injury at 6-4 3-0 down.

Murray, who beat Mardy Fish in straight sets on Saturday to book his place in the final, becomes only the second person to beat Djokovic in 2011. The last time the Serb lost was against Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the French Open. It is Murray’s first title since winning Queens in June.