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With a bye in the first round they took on the Isle of Man in what was the quarter-final and disposed of the fourth seeds with wins in their opening two singles matches.

Rebecca Edwards started strongly in her match against the Manx No 1 with a 6-1 set win. However, her opponent stepped things up in the second set to win 6-4, although Edwards took some consolation in having recovered from a 5-1 deficit.

With no third set to be played, only a first to ten points Championship tiebreak, Edwards proved to be the stronger player and won through 12-10.

She said: ‘Having lost in straight sets to her before I was nervous going into the match but I knew her game and how much slice she played so I opted for accuracy over power and it worked.

‘I’ve put in so many hours on court so this win means a lot to me and it’s great to see us in such a good position.’

Kirsten McArthur’s 6-4, 6-2 win over the Isle of Man No 2 sealed Jersey’s progress and they will now face Menorca today knowing a win puts them in the final. Lose and they go into the play-off for a bronze medal.

The men’s team couldn’t match their female counterpart’s result and were knocked out of the competition by Menorca after the singles events. As Jersey’s top player Andrew Evans was still suffering from an injury to his adductor muscle, James Connolly took up the top spot.

With strong serving and stylish play, working his opponent around the court, there was little more the 18-year-old could have done against the Menorca No 1 who took the match 7-6, 1-6, 10-6.

Connolly said: ‘I couldn’t match his power so I was just trying to hang in and after the second set went so well I really could have used a third set instead of a tiebreak but I’m still pleased with my performance.’

In the other match James Faudemer lost to the Menorca No 2 6-1, 6-1 and the two Jersey players lost their doubles encounter 6-2, 6-4.

Team manager Matt Harris said: ‘Although the result didn’t go the men’s way, which was disappointing, it was good that the girls made it although their match against Menorca is going to be very tough.’

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