Amanda Carreras wins Gold and smashed women's singles record in Island Games
The final day of the Gibraltar 2019 Natwest International Island Games brought with it added excitement as local supporters awaited for Gibraltar's elite tennis player to take to the court.
Amanda Carreras, affectionately called the "Pocket Rocket,â even more so after her stunning displays had taken her to the final without dropping a game played was not just looking at Gold but also at the potential of breaking an Island Games record. If she were to win her match 6-0, 6-0 nobody else in women's singles had as yet ever done it throughout the whole tournament.
With the men's finals on first, and other finals also being played on the same morning Sandpits became Gibraltar's âMini Wimbledon". The three portable spectator stands were filled. The viewing balcony was full, the seats at the back were full.
Amanda Carreras had attracted attention and attracted the local crowds to tennis, some of whom admitted not having watched a match locally in the past.
She was up against Tsvetelina Havren from Gotland. Her opponent had reach the final after Laura Feely had retired from the semi-Finals but not before already being 6-0,3-0 up.
Harven had also beaten Antonia from Jersey 6-2, 6-2 and Gibraltar's Eva
6- 4 , 6- 2. Harven like Amanda had recieved a bye in the initial round.
Amanda was not to disappoint not only winning Gibraltar a gold in the women's singles, but also becoming a record holder.
The 6- 0, 6- 0 ensured she had not dropped a game throughout. Tennis officials also pointed to the fact she had dropped so few points during the tournament that this too was being checked.
" It feels really good, I got a gold that's even better to have not lost a game in the tournament is really good so yes I am proud of the record."
" I couldn't have chosen a better place to do it. It's been great to come home and play in front of my family and my friends," Amanda Carreras told the Chronicle .
Amanda was still to play one more match as she prepared to play in the women's double with De Haro-Sene. This as she admitted before the match was to be a difficult match.