AOC SOUTH EAST REGIONAL DOUBLES COMPETITION

Following on from the successful AOC South East Regional singles competition on Tuesday 12 November (read about that HERE), the doubles competition was also hosted at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre on Friday 29 November. 

There was a slightly reduced entry list with some last minute withdrawals, leaving just three Colleges competing for the Boys, Girls and Mixed doubles titles; Queen Mary’s (QMC), Richard Collyer’s and Peter Symonds. The match format was the new FAST4 rules.

Six pairs competed in the boy’s doubles with QMC represented by Matt Berry/Chris Bundhoo and Totally Tennis pairing of Harry Feast/Ollie Brown (pictured below). Berry and Bundhoo lost their opening group match against the top seeds from Peter Symonds 4-0, 4-2, they played much better in their second match but frustratingly lost out in two tie-breaks 4-3 (2), 4-3 (4). In the other group, Feast and Brown lost their first match against Peter Symonds but beat Richards Collyer’s to finish second in the group, 3-4 (6), 4-3 (1) and 10-6.  

Goldson said, “Both Harry and Ollie showed greater consistency in this match and a more aggressive approach saw them come back from a first set deficit, to win a highly contested match where with three tie breaks deciding each set.

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Having reached the semi-final, they then had to play the top seeds from Peter Symonds, who played a very solid match to win 4-2, 4-1. Despite the loss, both players enjoyed the experience and both played well, against more highly ranked players. The final saw the two Peter Symonds pairs playing each other, with the number 1 seeds of James Ardley and Paddy Thorne winning comfortably 4-0, 4-2.

In the girls’ doubles, there were only three pairs in the competition and the Peter Symonds number one pairing of Magda Kornijckuz and Loreli Sanderson had a relatively comfortable win, taking both matches in the round robin group to win.  QMC were not represented in the girls’ doubles. Harry Feast and Poppy Goffin represented QMC in the Mixed Doubles and finished in 4th place overall, Calista Muna and Alex Costa from Richard Collyer’s College were the winners.

Goldson said, “Really proud of the efforts from Chris, Matt, Ollie and Harry today.  We always knew it would be tough to get past the Peter Symonds number one pairing but the they all played some great tennis.” she added,  “I was especially pleased to see Harry and Ollie make the semi-final.”

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Tennis Talk: Davis Cup Victory

A very tired but determined Andy Murray give it his all to win his singles match yesterday to seal Great Britain’s victory against France in the Davis Cup tie at Queen’s Club. British number one Murray who won all his matches over the three days beat Gilles Simon in the four-set match 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-0 in an energy zapping three and half hours on court.

2015-dcqf-murraydubs-700x300-gettyMurray was definitely the star of the show winning his singles against the big serving Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday 7-5, 7-6(10), 6-2, beating Tsonga and partner Nicolas Mahut in the doubles on Saturday with older brother Jamie 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-1 and then yesterday’s epic victory against Simon, who had previously beaten James Ward 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 on the first day of play.

2015-dcqf-murraybrothersdoubles-400x300The team are into the last four of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for the first time since 1981 and will now face Australia in the semi-final in September at a location in the UK that will be announced at a later date. The Australian team, who booked their place in the semi-finals after beating Kazakhstan recovering from being 2-0 down to come back and win, will feature the likes of Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.2015-dcqf-doubles-400x300-getty

Photos used courtesy of http://www.lta.org.uk

World Tennis News: Murray Magic

British number one Andy Murray made short work of his match against Jo Wilfried-Tsonga and will now face top seed Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the US Open later today. Eighth seed Murray defeated ninth seed Tsonga in straight seeds 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 giving fans hope that he may be back in top form.

_77316252_hi023714283Murray celebrates his victory over Tsonga (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Murray will play Djokovic tonight (Thursday 2:00am BST) in their twenty-first meeting and a re-run of the 2012 US Open final which Murray won, but overall Djokovic is winning their head-to-head 12 – 8 matches. Also in the last eight in the Men’s draw are Stanilas Wawrinka vs. Kei Nishivori, Tomas Berdych vs. Marin Cilic and Gael Monfils against Roger Federer.

In the Woman’s draw, Shuai Peng beat Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 and Caroline Wozniacki defeated Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1 to book their places in the semi-finals. In the other quarter-finals later today will see top seed Serena Williams faces Flavia Pennetta and Victoria Azarenka will play Ekaterina Makarova.

World Tennis News: Semi-final Slot for Murray

British Number one Andy Murray beat Gael Monfils in an epic five set battle 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-0 to reach the French Open semi-finals yesterday evening. Murray will now face eight-time champion and World number one Rafael Nadal, who defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1, in a re-run of their 2011 semi-final. World number two Novak Djokovic is still on track to win his first French Open title after beating the huge serving Milos Raonic  7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to reach his sixth semi-final at this event. He will face Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis who beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in their quarter-final match.

_75310030_hi022543631A very happy Andy Murray who won his five set quarterfinal match against Gael Monfils (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

The women’s semi-finals matches will take place later today to decide this years French Open finalists. Fourth seed Simona Halep beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2 and is joined in the last four by Andrea Petkovic who beat 2012 finalist and tenth seed Sara Errani with an identical 6-2, 6-2 scoreline, giving Halep and Petkovic their first time in the last four of a Grand Slam tournament. Seventh seed Maria Sharapova’s held her nerve to secure a win against Garbine Muguruza Blanco after losing the first set 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 which has set up a semi-final clash against Canadian Eugenie Bouchard who defeated Carla Suarez-Navarro in another three set battle 7-6, 2-6, 7-5.

b_100sharapova-bouchard140604Sharapova takes on Bouchard in one of todays semi-finals (source:www.rolandgarros.com)