Senior Students Competition 2016

The Queen Mary’s College team have started their 2016 Senior Students competition campaign, this year PE teacher and Tennis Team manager Sarah Goldson has entered two teams from the college, one boys and one mixed.

The boys team of Saul Irwin and Cam Speirs have been joined by new college first year recruits Andrew Dingwall and Dan Hutchison. The boys got off to a shaky start losing their first match against Alton Sixth Form, who beat QMC in a shoot out last year in the penultimate knock out round.

It was always going to be a tough opening match against Alton and even though the QMC were on home turf at Totally Tennis’ indoor courts they were unable to capitalise on the home advantage and lost 10-2 overall. In the singles, Dingwall played consistently from the back of the court and served well to win 6-4, Irwin lost 6-4 which was not too bad considering he lost the first four games and managed to fight back to level the score at 4-4 but was unfortunately got broken again. Both Speirs and Hutchison also lost with scores of 6-3 and 6-1 respectively. The doubles were a white wash with Irwin/Dingwall losing 6-2 and Speirs/Hutchison beaten 6-3.

qmc-senior-students-boys-2016-2017(L to R) Hutchison, Dingwall, Irwin and Speirs

The team’s second match was away against Bishops Wordsworth School and despite it being held outdoors and not the team’s favoured surface the boys played far more consistently in this match, although they still lost 8-4 there was definite improvement overall.

In the singles Irwin played well especially at the net and won 6-2 but his three teammates lost, Dingwall was unlucky after he fought well throughout the match he lost in the tie-break  7-6 (3), Speirs lost 6-4 and despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise Hutchison had close games but lost 6 – 0.  Irwin and Speirs won their doubles match 6-4 but Dingwall and Hutchison lost 6-1.

Goldson said, “The boys are out of the group stages with two losses out of three matches.  This is the first loss in the group stages of this competition in about seven years.  The team has some experienced players but has not got the strength of depth as yet in terms of match experience at this stage.” she added “I hope for better fortunes for the team later in the season.

In the Mixed doubles Irwin was partnered with Dessi Bratonova while Luke Watts played with Jordan Mosquera. The team’s first match was against King Edwards who the college have been up against in previous years. The match was close, Watts and Mosquera lost 6-1 to top pair but beat pair two 6-3, Irwin and Bratonova beat second pair 6-2 but lost to top pair 6-3 to make things all square.

With things all square the match went to a shoot out with only one player from each pair being eligible to play. Watts and Bratonova were selected and played the shoot out, they won the toss and started well winning the first three points in a row to give a commanding lead which they never relinquised, the final score was 10-5. The next and final mixed match will be against Kingston College which will decide the overall group standings.

Goldson said “It was a tough choice with the boys but Dessi was clearly the stand out player during the first two matches, with a high level of consistency shown both from her serving and from the back of the court.” she added “This was a fantatsic achievement for the pair and team as a whole after a losing streak in shoot outs last year, Dessi was without question the player of the match. Both Jordan and Luke are unable to play regularly due to their timetables, but we were lucky this match was held on an inset day making the players fully available for the tie.”

The aim of the Senior Students Competition is to encourage lower rated players to play competitive tennis and provide the team with an opportunity to compete in a National Final. The entry period runs from June – September with local league matches being played October through to December with the winners of the local leagues progressing through to the knockout rounds from January. The National Final take place in March at Bolton Arena.

Tennis Talk: Second Wimbledon Title For Murray

British number one Andy Murray thrilled tennis fans ensembled in SW19 and the millions watching on TV around the world when he picked up his second Wimbledon title on centre court yesterday. Murray, 27 beat Canadian Milos Raonic in three sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2) to win his second Wimbledon title and his third Grand Slam.


As the crowd went wild an emotional Murray wept into his towel as the result sank in and then vowed that he would enjoy this one more than his first title in 2013, even coach Ivan Lendl raised a rare smile from his position in the players box. Top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic made a surprise early exit from the tournament and Raonic defeated third seed Federer in the semi’s so it was left to a replay of the Queen’s club final to close out this year’s Wimbledon men’s singles event. On route to the final Murray beat fellow Brit Liam Broady in the first round 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 followed by a three set defeat of Yen-Hsun Lu in round two 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Next up were two Australians opponents, John Millman and Nick Kyrgios whom he beat 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 respectively. His first real challenge of the tournament came against twelfth seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who took him to five sets with Murray forced to step up in the fifth set to secure the victory 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1. His semi-final win against tenth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 secured his place in the final.


It was a great tournament for Team GB all round as along with Murray picking up the prestigious men’s singles title on final’s Sunday, Heather Watson won her first ever Grand Slam title in the Mixed Doubles with partner Henri Kontinven, Gordon Reid won the inaugural Men’s wheelchair singles event and Jordanne Whiley won her third consecutive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title.



After a very disappointing loss in the first round of the women’s singles Watson became the first woman to win a Wimbledon doubles title since Jo Durie in 1987. She and Kontinven, who comes from Finland, beat Colombian Robert Farah and German Anna-Lena Gronefeld 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the final that followed Murray on Centre Court. Earlier that day Reid picked up his second Wimbledon title after he beat current Paralympic champion Stefan Olson from Sweden 6-1, 6-4 out on court seventeen which attracted a larger crowd worthy of a more prominent court. The previous day along with partner Alfie Hewett, Reid had won the men’s wheelchair doubles title. Top seeds Whiley and partner Yui Kamiji beat second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-2, 6-2 to win their title also out on court seventeen.


In the women’s singles event top seed and defending champion Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title with a straight-set victory over German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 which also gave her an impressive twenty second Grand Slam singles title. Williams then won her sixth women’s doubles title later that afternoon with sister Venus again on Centre Court. They won the match and claimed their 14th Grand Slam trophy by beating Timea Babos and Yaroslavl Shvedova 6-3, 6-4.

The men’s doubles was an all French affair as top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated fellow countrymen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to win the title.


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AoC Sport 2016 National Championships

Queen Mary’s College (QMC) players Kelsey Mosquera and Luke Watts represented the college in the Mixed Doubles event at the recent AoC Sport (the leading organisation for college sport and physical activity in the UK) 2016 National Championships.IMG_2691The tennis competition was held at the Silksworth Tennis Centre with competitions in men’s and women’s singles, doubles and also mixed doubles. The QMC pair finished as runners-up overall after losing to Greenhead College Huddlesfield, Yorkshire in their first Group A match and again in the final after it went to a shoot out.

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The college sport National Championships, now in its 38th year, is one of the largest annual sporting events in England involving over 1,800 college students and 200 staff from across England, Wales and Scotland. This year’s three-days finals took place in Tyne and Wear across fifteen different sports including tennis, badminton, swimming and trampolining.

Students qualified for the championships through regional tournaments that took place in the autumn term, as well as competing in their chosen sport, students compete for points for their region. The region whose teams and individuals accumulated the most points won the prestigious Wilkinson Sword trophy which was won this year by the South West region (who retained the trophy from 2015) with 309 points followed by the South East in second place with 279 points overall.

Adults News: Basingstoke & District Tennis League Finals

The Basingstoke & District Tennis League finals took place recently and the mens singles was won by Luke Watts from Waverley who defeated Beechdown’s Chris Harrold 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), 6-2 in the final to take the title for the first time. The ladies singles former Totally Tennis players and sisters from Waverley Tennis club, Kelsey Mosquera up against her younger sister Jordan. Kelsey won the match 6-1, 6-0 to be crowned the champion

The Men’s doubles saw a near repeat of last years final with defending champions Dan Cole and Chris Pearce from Kingsclere taking on Old Basing’s Phil Dixon and his new partner James Chamberlin.  The Kingsclere pair took title the title winning the match 6-4, 6-4. The Mosquera sisters teamed up in the ladies doubles to play against defending champions Andrea Butcher and Clare Munns from Beechdown. Kelsey and Jordan won the first set 6-0 but the more experienced pair won the next two sets 6-0, 6-2 to win the event.

In the mixed doubles final, defending champions Watts and Mosquera took on Totally Tennis’ Tim Rice and Emma Barnes. The Waverley pair proved too strong for the first time finalists and they won 6-1, 6-3.

World Tennis News: The US Open winners are……

World number one Novak Djokovic won his second US Open and tenth Grand Slam title after beating old rival Roger Federer in the final held at Flushing Meadows that was initially delayed three hours because of rain. Djokovic won the title in four sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to finish this years tennis Grand Slam calendar winning an impressive three of the four tennis major titles. Men’s doubles champions were twelfth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut from France who beat Jamie Murray and John Peers 6-4, 6-4.

In the women’s event, Italian Flavia Pennetta defeated fellow Italian Roberta Vinci in the women’s singles final and then retired from professional tennis.

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza beat fourth seeds Casey Dellacqua/Yaroslava Shvedova in 6-3, 6-3 the final. Fourth seed Hingis also won the Mixed Doubles title with partner Leander Paes beating unseeded USA’s pairing Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

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World Tennis News: US Open Winners

There’s is a new name on the men’s US Open trophy this year as 25-year-old Marin Cilic defeated Kei Nishikori convincingly in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to win his first Grand Slam title. Fourteenth seed Cilic is the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam title since his coach Goran Ivanisevic, who won Wimbledon back in 2001.

_77465112_77465111Cilic wins his first Grand Slam title at the US Open

Top seed Serena Williams won her third consecutive and sixth overall US Open title beating tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 in the final . This latest victory gives Williams, 32 her eighteenth Grand Slam title and moves her to joint-fourth place in the list of all-time major winners, alongside tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

_77441987_77440641Navratilova (left) and Evert (right) presented Williams with the US Open trophy

World number one Doubles pair the Bryan twins, Bob and Mike won their 100th title Men’s Doubles title at the US Open beating Marcel Granollers/March Lopez in the final 6-3, 6-4.  The Women’s title was won by Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina who defeated Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta in three sets 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares won the Mixed Doubles title beating Abigail Spears/Santiago Gonzalez 6-1, 2-6, 11-9.

_77440500_77440499The Bryan Brothers make history winning 100 Men’s Doubles titles

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