Testing conditions for tennis finals
Conditions proved to be challenging for Thornbury Tennis Club’s main finals.
The weather remained dry, but the wind was gusting at up to 50mph along the length of the court.
Ladies Singles Final
Brooke Daunton v Rae Bezuidenhout.
Rae opened the serving and Brooke responded with some excellent returns giving her an early 1-0 lead. Rae, however, won the the next six games without reply to give her the first set.
In the second Rae retained her momentum and securing an early 0-3 lead. At this point Brooke started to play more aggressive tennis with powerful ground strokes. The scoreboard started moving in her favour: 0-3 became 3-3. Brooke’s greater power was too much for Rae and she concluded her comeback with a wind assisted ace to take the set 6-3.
In the final set Brooke broke Rae’s serve to lead 3-2. Brooke’s greater power and confidence was becoming decisive and soon Brooke had a double break to make it 5-2. Brooke took the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Men’s Singles Final
Luke Harrison v Felix Boyes.
Felix’s serve was put under pressure early in the first set to give Luke a 4-1 lead and he took the first set 6-3 after an outstanding cross-court winner.
Felix started the second set with more aggression but his serve was again tested with 5 deuces and Luke eventually broke to lead 3-2. Luke was playing near faultless tennis with huge topspin, especially on the forehand. Felix had no answer and Luke cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
Ladies Doubles Final
Sarah Hurley & Jo Hargreaves v Claire Hawkins & Linda Mantle.
Sarah & Jo got off to a great start and an early break of serve gave them a 2-0 lead. An intercept from Claire helped them break back, but their fight back was short lived, as power, consistency and clinical finishing gave Sarah & Jo the first set 6-2.
Sarah & Jo dominated the beginning of the second set and quickly established a 3-0 lead. Although Claire and Linda fought back to 3-2, Sarah finished the match with a great drop shot to ease to a 6-2, 6-2 victory
Men’s Doubles Final
Felix Boyes & Freddie Savage v Brendan Wilde & Tony Light.
The match started with 3 breaks of serve. Freddie then served steadily to hold and give a lead of 3-1. The consistency of Felix & Freddie proved too much and with another break of serve, they took the set 6-3.
The second set was level at 2-2 before Felix held serve after several deuces to hold in a decisive fifth game. Ultimately, Felix & Freddie’s play was just too consistent and they won an entertaining match 6-3, 6-3.
Mixed Doubles Final
Luke Harrison & Brooke Daunton v Brendan Wilde & Megan O’Connor.
At 1-1 in the first set, Megan’s serve was under severe pressure, resulting in the first break of serve. Soon Luke & Brooke’s lead to had stretched to 4-1. However, the wind was playing havoc with everyone’s serve and with five consecutive breaks of serve, Luke & Brooke took the first set, 6-3.
Brendan’s serve was put under immediate pressure in the second set, giving Luke & Brooke a 2-0 lead. Megan hit some great shots down the line to break Luke’s serve and pull it back to 2-1. Megan’s serve was put under pressure once more. In an extended game, including three deuces, Luke eventually passed Brendan down the line to make it 3-1, which soon became 4-1 as Brooke consolidated with a secure service game,.
Brendan & Megan were digging deep and some inspired play changed the momentum to level the score at 4-4. The next 3 games went with serve, giving Luke & Brooke a 6-5 advantage. Megan was now serving to stay in the match, but Brooke hit an excellent forehand shot down the middle to wrap things up in difficult conditions, 6-3, 7-5.