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Collapse AllBarnes & Sheen Singles - Round 41 | Thursday 9 July 2020 to Wednesday 2 September 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 5 August 2020)

It was great to see friendly, competitive tennis return to the courts of Barnes & Sheen Tennis League and to welcome 8 new players to the fold. There were lots of close scorelines, entertaining matches and commentaries across the groups, so thanks for your engagement and we're glad you all enjoyed getting back on court post-lockdown. Collectively over four fifths of all possible matches were played which is a great effort so we're looking forward to another busy round next time!

Group Summary:

It was very close at the top of Group 1 with Serge and defending champ Ian both winning 7 matches, however Serge played one more match and finished one point clear, although Ian won their head to head. Serge's wins included a close 2 setter against Valeria "played in sauna-like conditions" while Ian's finest win was his 3 setter against Serge, a match in which "the initiative swung between us". Great tennis!

Final Rankings:

  1. Serge Taborin 8.1 [W7, L1] 17 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Ian Hancock 8.1 [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Nalin Perera [W6, L2] 14 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Valeria Zilkha [W4, L4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Abhay Shete [W3, L5] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Alex Drofiak 9.1 [W2, L6] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Chris Moore [W2, L4] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Peter Grant [W2, L5] 5
  9. James Bugler [W1, L7] 5 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPeter Grant bt James Bugler (Sep 5) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Jamie. Very close and enjoyable match."  -- Peter
James Bugler bt Chris Moore (Sep 2) Walkover
Reveal CommentAbhay Shete bt James Bugler (Sep 1) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with some good rallies."  -- Abhay
Reveal CommentNalin Perera bt Abhay Shete (Aug 31) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match with Abhay with some an enjoyable rallies and some deuce games. Thanks for the match Abhay and looking forward to play with you next time. "  -- Nalin
Reveal CommentSerge Taborin bt Peter Grant (Aug 30) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match with Peter, with some lovely long rallies. Look forward to the next one. "  -- Serge
Chris Moore bt Abhay Shete (Aug 23) 7-5, 7-5
Reveal CommentPeter Grant bt Alex Drofiak (Aug 23) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to finally get a win under my belt but, boy, did I have to work hard for it. A really hard fought and enjoyable game with Alex which could gone either way to be honest. Lots of deuce games and service breaks but just managed to get over the line."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentIan Hancock bt Abhay Shete (Aug 18) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "During the match proper I played very tentatively and Abhay gave away a lot of free points, so I suspect neither of us was particularly happy with how we had played. We then played another one and a half more expansive sets, by the end of which Abhay was smashing the ball past me on both wings. If he brings that game to our next match the score will be very different and very possibly the winner too. Thanks for the game Abhay,"  -- Ian
  • "Well played Ian!. About free points during the match, everyone who has played you in this league and other leagues will agree that you are a very good player with great game sense, court position and shot selection which draws errors from opponents. I felt helpless as the match ran away. Thank you for a great game and I hope to put up a stronger challenge next time we play." -- Abhay
Reveal CommentValeria Zilkha bt James Bugler (Aug 17) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really fun match with lots of deuce games. Thanks for the match!"  -- James
Reveal CommentAlex Drofiak bt Chris Moore (Aug 16) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Humid conditions though some great exchanges particularly around the net with tight volley angles, passing shots or lobs coming out. Was very lucky to close out after being 5-2 up then going to 5-5 - thanks for the game Chris!"  -- Alex
Reveal CommentIan Hancock bt Nalin Perera (Aug 14) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It took Nalin a few games to get going but after that nearly every game went to deuce with some long and enjoyable rallies."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentSerge Taborin bt Abhay Shete (Aug 14) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match with Abhay as always. Some great rallies, even when it got a little slippery after a drizzle. Looking forward to the next one!"  -- Serge
Reveal CommentNalin Perera bt Peter Grant (Aug 12) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Played a beautiful match with Peter with some breeze going around at last,. Very close games throughout with some lovely rallies. I though Peter played really well today but one has to win. "  -- Nalin
Reveal CommentValeria Zilkha bt Peter Grant (Aug 11) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "My third season in the Barnes Tennis League and certainly my longest and toughest match so far. I think we actually started this match back one evening in mid July and after 2 hours ended up at one set each. Due to me picking up a couple of injuries, we only managed to finish off this match on a very hot evening yesterday. I won the toss and elected to serve (badly) and lost the first game and ending up losing the set; never quite managing to claw back the lead. Valeria is to good a player to give a head start. Nonetheless, a very hard fought and enjoyable game so well played Valeria."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentSerge Taborin bt Valeria Zilkha (Aug 6) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)

Player Comments:

  • "A wonderful match with Valeria, played in sauna-like conditions. Close games throughout, with some lovely rallies. Looking forward to playing again!"  -- Serge
Reveal CommentAlex Drofiak bt James Bugler (Aug 5) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "As a new Barnes player I’ve enjoyed trying the different courts - this time, memorably, Rocks Lane Barnes. After Jamie had warmed up by visiting Rocks Lane Bishops Park - an enjoyable match ensued on the part-sand-dune/part-tennis-court surface. Some cracking rallies needed fast feet with the low bounce, the wind blew the net horizontal at times, and rebounds off the walls behind the baseline took us out! With goalposts behind the baselines several goals were also scored though I couldn’t find a way to enter these in the score. Neither Jamie nor I are in the League 1 title battle this round, but there was an outside chance for a while of UEFA Cup qualification and it is entirely likely we may now have scored more goals this round than Ian."  -- Alex
Reveal CommentNalin Perera bt Alex Drofiak (Aug 4) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match with Alex. We had long rallies and it was full of fun. "  -- Nalin
Reveal CommentValeria Zilkha bt Abhay Shete (Jul 31) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)

Player Comments:

  • "Valeria played awesome tennis, retrieved so many balls and hit amazing winners despite the oppressive heat. All the best for your remaining matches"  -- Abhay
Reveal CommentNalin Perera bt James Bugler (Jul 30) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyed playing with James. First set was but easier as James could get in to a rhythm but James played second set lot better. Hope to play again in the future. Best wishes for the rest of matches. "  -- Nalin
Reveal CommentAbhay Shete bt Peter Grant (Jul 30) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match with Peter with some good rallies."  -- Abhay
Reveal CommentSerge Taborin bt Chris Moore (Jul 29) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A very competitve and enjoyable match with Chris, with some long ralies and a number of close games. Hope to play again soon!"  -- Serge
Reveal CommentIan Hancock bt Valeria Zilkha (Jul 29) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A fun game on a sunny morning with some good long rallies. We shared the court for most of the match with a pair of geese who occasionally wandered on to the playing area. They finally took to the air and cleared the fence." -- Ian
Reveal CommentSerge Taborin bt James Bugler (Jul 28) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Gusty conditions made it tough for both of us, but some nice rallies nonetheless! "  -- Serge
Chris Moore bt Valeria Zilkha (Jul 26) 7-5, 6-4
Reveal CommentAbhay Shete bt Alex Drofiak (Jul 26) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match played in slightly windy conditions. Alex had some issues with his hamstring and was not 100%. Hope you recover quickly and all the best for your remaining matches."  -- Abhay

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentValeria Zilkha bt Alex Drofiak (Jul 24) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A Friday afternoon epic at Barn Elms! Several runs of multiple games and near constant running on court with some wonderful net exchanges and passing shots. Well played Valeria in getting over the line!"  -- Alex
Reveal CommentSerge Taborin bt Nalin Perera (Jul 23) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "After a very tight first set which was full of nice rallies, Nalin unfortunately developed a niggle which affected his movement in the second set. Look forward to playing again in the near future. "  -- Serge
Reveal CommentIan Hancock bt James Bugler (Jul 22) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentNalin Perera bt Chris Moore (Jul 20) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Chris is a good player but scores really says that. It was very competitive and most of the games were long. It has been fun playing with Chris and thank you."  -- Nalin
Reveal CommentIan Hancock bt Serge Taborin (Jul 20) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "An epic match with long rallies from the start. The initiative swung between us, until in the third set we were both too tired to attempt winning shots, so the rallies got even longer! A really fun match played in a good spirit, Really looking forward to our next encounter."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentSerge Taborin bt Alex Drofiak (Jul 17) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match, played in very hot conditions. Some nice long rallies throughout and a very close second set. "  -- Serge
Reveal CommentIan Hancock bt Alex Drofiak (Jul 17) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Fun game at a sunny Barn Elms. Alex saved his best tennis for the unofficial third set."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentNalin Perera bt Valeria Zilkha (Jul 16) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was a very competitive match, great first set and enjoyed playing with Valeria. Thank you Valeria booking the court and all the best for you for the rest of the matches. "  -- Nalin
Reveal CommentIan Hancock bt Peter Grant (Jul 15) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable and close match with many long rallies and deuce games. As Peter said the difference between us was that he made a few more unforced errors."  -- Ian

Group Summary:

Philippe's fine run of 7 wins without defeat saw him crowned group champ a point clear of Leagues debutant Mark who also had a fine round with 6 wins. Mark's only defeat was "an epic battle" against Philippe, while Fatemeh was the other player to push Philippe hard, the first set going to a tiebreak. There was also a close 3 setter between Fatemeh and Tony... well played!

Final Rankings:

  1. Philippe Gomes [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Mark Warren [W6, L1] 15 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Tony Nesbit 8.2 [W4, L3] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Fatemeh Beyad 8.2 [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Fredrik Bjuenvall [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Jordan Roberts [W1, L5] 2
  7. Hannah Sinclair [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Bernard O'Keeffe [L3]

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPhilippe Gomes bt Mark Warren (Sep 2) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks again Mark for such an epic and final battle, a bientôt!"  -- Philippe
Mark Warren bt Tony Nesbit (Aug 31) Walkover
Philippe Gomes bt Tony Nesbit (Aug 29) 6-0, 4-2 Tony Nesbit Retired
Fredrik Bjuenvall bt Hannah Sinclair (Aug 27) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentTony Nesbit bt Jordan Roberts (Aug 27) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "managed to have some fun before the deluge. Thanks for getting there early Jordan."  -- Tony
Reveal CommentMark Warren bt Jordan Roberts (Aug 25) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with the wind!!!!?????"  -- Mark
Reveal CommentMark Warren bt Fredrik Bjuenvall (Aug 18) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "great match!!"  -- Mark
Jordan Roberts bt Hannah Sinclair (Aug 11) 6-2, 6-0
Fredrik Bjuenvall bt Jordan Roberts (Aug 9) Walkover
Philippe Gomes bt Bernard O'Keeffe (Aug 6) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentPhilippe Gomes bt Fatemeh Beyad (Aug 4) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Fatemeh and agreed; this was a brutal battle!"  -- Philippe
Tony Nesbit bt Fredrik Bjuenvall (Aug 4) 6-4, 6-4
Philippe Gomes bt Fredrik Bjuenvall (Aug 1) 6-0, 6-3
Philippe Gomes bt Jordan Roberts (Jul 31) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentFatemeh Beyad bt Tony Nesbit (Jul 30) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "fatemeh to serve"  -- Fatemeh
Reveal CommentFatemeh Beyad bt Fredrik Bjuenvall (Jul 28) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "I was lucky to get to play Fredrik first, before he gets his match game on! A nice match with a very close end of 1st set and beginning of 2nd set. Good luck in the rest Fredrik!"  -- Fatemeh
Reveal CommentTony Nesbit bt Bernard O'Keeffe (Jul 28) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Both trying to find some form in blustery conditions, Good fun though. Thanks Bernard"  -- Tony
Mark Warren bt Bernard O'Keeffe (Jul 23) 6-2, 6-3
Fatemeh Beyad bt Jordan Roberts (Jul 22) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentTony Nesbit bt Hannah Sinclair (Jul 22) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Hannah. It was really nice to be playing in the sunshine again."  -- Tony
Fatemeh Beyad bt Hannah Sinclair (Jul 21) 6-0, 6-0
Mark Warren bt Fatemeh Beyad (Jul 21) 6-3, 6-2
Philippe Gomes bt Hannah Sinclair (Jul 16) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentMark Warren bt Hannah Sinclair (Jul 15) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Hope the format is correct? First time entering scores."  -- Mark

Group Summary:

This was a busy group with most of you playing 6 or 7 matches and earning midway bonus points for early match scheduling, and lots of match commentaries which is great to see! There was a clear winner at the top in Ajeet, who finished the round undefeated on 7 wins and 3 points clear of Pavelas in runner up spot. Ajeet managed to hold off Francis' challenge in a match that "deserved a third set" while Francis was even more unlucky to be on the losing side of a great 3 setter against Antonio... great effort!

Final Rankings:

  1. Ajeet Ranjit 9.2 [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Pavelas Maciulevicius [W5, L1, UF1] 13 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Antonio Quaresima 8.2 [W3, L4] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Reid Robb 9.2 [W4, L1, UF1] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Sadia Saeed [W3, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Nick Sinden [W2, L4] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Francis Keeling 10.2 [W1, L5] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Sophie Longhurst [L7] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  9. Piotr Grycz

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAjeet Ranjit bt Pavelas Maciulevicius (Sep 1) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Pavelus today, and really well done on a great set of league results."  -- Ajeet
Pavelas Maciulevicius bt Sadia Saeed (Aug 30) 6-2, 6-0
Sadia Saeed bt Francis Keeling (Aug 22) 6-2, 7-5
Reveal CommentAjeet Ranjit bt Antonio Quaresima (Aug 20) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Antonio - good to finish before it got really dark! Good luck for your remaining matches."  -- Ajeet
Reveal CommentNick Sinden bt Sophie Longhurst (Aug 20) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Sophie - enjoy your holiday - Nick"  -- Nick
Reveal CommentFrancis Keeling bt Sophie Longhurst (Aug 18) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great match on a hot morning! "  -- Francis
Reveal CommentAjeet Ranjit bt Francis Keeling (Aug 16) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Francis - I got lucky in the second. It deserved a third set. Good luck for the rest."  -- Ajeet
Reveal CommentAjeet Ranjit bt Sadia Saeed (Aug 8) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Sadia - thanks for the game."  -- Ajeet
Reveal CommentReid Robb bt Sophie Longhurst (Aug 5) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Sophie. Good luck with your remaining games."  -- Reid
Reveal CommentPavelas Maciulevicius bt Nick Sinden (Aug 4) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match and thanks to Nick for tolerating my frustration in the first set. Wish Nick all the best with the rest of the league."  -- Pavelas
Reveal CommentReid Robb bt Antonio Quaresima (Aug 2) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match Antonio. Good luck with your remaining matches."  -- Reid
Reveal CommentAjeet Ranjit bt Reid Robb (Aug 1) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game - well played Reid."  -- Ajeet
Reveal CommentNick Sinden bt Antonio Quaresima (Jul 31) 0-6, 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to play with you Nick...well done and best of luck on your competition "  -- Antonio
Pavelas Maciulevicius bt Sophie Longhurst (Jul 31) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentAjeet Ranjit bt Sophie Longhurst (Jul 30) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great evening for tennis. Thanks for the game, Sophie."  -- Ajeet
Reveal CommentAntonio Quaresima bt Sophie Longhurst (Jul 28) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely match with a lovely opponent in a lovely evening...I wish best of luck for the rest of your league Sophie"  -- Antonio
Reveal CommentReid Robb v Pavelas Maciulevicius (Jul 26) 5-7, 3-3 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Look forward to continuing the match"  -- Reid

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAntonio Quaresima bt Francis Keeling (Jul 26) 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Terrific match - look forward to finishing it off. "  -- Francis
  • "What a terrific match with Francis. It has been an enjoyable two rounds sunny Sunday within the park and the match was very close. We had long rallies with very very well played points. We definitely will play again and we will enjoy the future matches...Good luck for the rest of your leagues." -- Antonio
Reveal CommentAjeet Ranjit bt Nick Sinden (Jul 26) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Nick, and well played."  -- Ajeet
Reveal CommentAntonio Quaresima bt Sadia Saeed (Jul 25) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "it was great to play with Sadia and I believe she has a great technique that will improve her tennis and her matches...look forward to play with you again and good luck for the rest of your league" -- Antonio
Reveal CommentSadia Saeed bt Sophie Longhurst (Jul 24) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely opponent and nice weather!"  -- Sadia
Reveal CommentSadia Saeed bt Nick Sinden (Jul 24) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play with you Nick and lovely to meet you! I feel like I had a pretty good workout! :D"  -- Sadia
Reveal CommentPavelas Maciulevicius bt Antonio Quaresima (Jul 23) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "First of all I would like to thank Antonio for a great match. Probably the longest I have ever played. It took us 3 hours over 2 days with countless deuces when result could turn to any side. I think I was more lucky now and certainly looking forward to play with Antonio again." -- Pavelas
Reveal CommentReid Robb bt Nick Sinden (Jul 19) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), [10-6]

Player Comments:

  • "Very close match. It could have gone either way. "  -- Reid
Reveal CommentPavelas Maciulevicius bt Francis Keeling (Jul 18) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match. I truly believe that once Francis get his serve right he will be a very dangerous opponent for anyone. Good luck with the rest of the league."  -- Pavelas
Reveal CommentReid Robb bt Francis Keeling (Jul 16) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match Francis. Hope to play you again soon." -- Reid