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Collapse AllBedford Singles - Round 39 | Thursday 4 November 2021 to Wednesday 29 December 2021 (Midpoint: Wednesday 1 December 2021)

You’ve made it through a winter Round – nice work! It’s always great to see matches played all year round and we hope you had fun meeting new people and improving your tennis skills. Now it's the New Year, it's time to start thinking about those resolutions and maybe Local Tennis Leagues can help. The dates for your 2022 Rounds are online now, so be sure to secure your place.

Group Summary:

Final Rankings:

  1. Ian Holoweckyj [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Jean-Paul Dowding 9.1 [W2, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Paul Bennett [W3, L1] 6
  4. Ezequiel Gómez Gibson [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Joshua Zwetsloot [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. John Harrison 8.2 [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPaul Bennett bt Jean-Paul Dowding (Dec 23) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A relatively warm evening at BLTC for another battle with JP. We both started off well holding our serves and serving well. JP dominated the mid court points with excellent ground strokes to take the 1st set. I managed to re-calibrate my groundstrokes to take the edge on some excellent rallies (another deuce game lasting as long as a set!). The last set saw some consistent, strong serving from us both with more close fought out games. As always, another great game that I really enjoyed. Thanks JP"  -- Paul
Reveal CommentPaul Bennett bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Dec 8) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "This was our first match together. It was a bit slippery and blustery at times on court which led to some interesting points. Overall, we had some good rallies and close games. Great to meet you Josh. Look forward to playing again."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentEzequiel Gómez Gibson bt John Harrison (Nov 23) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "First time we played each other and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice rallies, some lucky shots from both sides and even a doubles match in between sets! Thanks for the game John and hopefully we will play each other again!"  -- Ezequiel
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt Paul Bennett (Nov 19) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Paul and I had a cracking thrash-out several weeks ago and we were right to expect more of the same. I'd played my best level of tennis 24hrs earlier and started out here hitting well again, driving close to lines and volleying like I couldn't miss. Paul was super gracious to acknowledge this as we finished set one. Set two followed suit with few errors and a scoreline unfairly and unjustly one-sided. Paul saved multiple match points at 5-0 before the match was closed to 2. I'm not a huge fan of self-praise but feel on something of a high.... in the last two days I've played a higher level of tennis than I thought I was able and credit the quality of opposition for it (and my wife's new nutritional diet she has me on). Thanks Paul. "  -- Ian
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt Ezequiel Gómez Gibson (Nov 18) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A real pleasure to meet and play Eze. It's not too often that two lefties go at it - and go at it we did with great exchanges and some absolute top-draw points. Everything had to come together to have any chance against such a cultured player, and tonight was my lucky night. Errors were minimal, first serves went in, the ball seemed attracted to the baseline, volleys found targets and when I needed something extra, the netcord was on my side. The court surface at BLTC play differently to hard courts; Eze was far too kind to reference that but I'm sure it contributed this evening, that- and lady luck and all her friends being on my side! Really look forward to meeting up and playing again Eze"  -- Ian
Reveal CommentJoshua Zwetsloot bt John Harrison (Nov 17) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great game against John as always! I was able to take the first set without too much trouble with some cunning angles. Thought it was going to be plain sailing at 5-1 in the 2nd. However, John fought back really well and really tightened up his game to level it at 5-5. Thought it was going to a 3rd at one point but managed to grind out the win. Great match!"  -- Joshua
Reveal CommentJean-Paul Dowding bt John Harrison (Nov 15) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Always look forward to matches with John as they are usually closely fought with great rallies. This evening proved no exception. Under the flood-lights, clear skies and still air, the condensation of our breath hung around us, but there was no fog in our minds when playing - not many unforced errors throughout, a good number of winners, some great lobs (and some less great...), passing shots, pick-ups and net play. It had everything! Only one break in each set, in the first at 3-3 and in the second at 4-4. Great fun!! Thanks John, fun as always looking forward to the next one!"  -- Jean-Paul
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Nov 10) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Pleasure meeting and playing Josh for the first time. The first set took time to settle and at 5-0 Josh got a deserved game on the board, but the second set saw Josh relaxing, serving well and going for his shots and hitting some lovely balls, we had a fair few deuces and fun rallies. Wish you well in your remaining matches and look forward to another knock."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentPaul Bennett bt John Harrison (Nov 9) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A surprisingly warm evening for the match against John. The match started off going with serve until I managed to get a break & take the 1st set. The second set had some quicker games. There were some good ground strokes with John taking advantage of his great forehand topspin. Overall, another good match. Thanks John. "  -- Paul
Reveal CommentEzequiel Gómez Gibson bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Nov 9) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "First time against Josh! Great rallies and weather was lovely for a November morning! Solid back hand from him and good first serves coming in. Thoroughly enjoyed it and looking forward to play him again! Good luck on the rest of your matches!"  -- Ezequiel

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt Jean-Paul Dowding (Nov 8) 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "I AM KNACKERED ! Relentless, quality tennis as JP was dialed-in tonight. An early break each went unrepeated as JP served with accuracy and power (all match) rewarded with several aces. First set tie-break; I was 4-1 down, JP chased what looked a winner, somehow getting racket to ball sending it high from behind the baseline landing plum on the netcord - you don't win tie-breaks when your opponent does that! Second set was so hard-fought; great rallies and hitting with little being gifted. JP broke to lead 5-4 and served for the match only to be broken. Seizing the chance I forced a scarcely deserved third set which had a unanswered early break. The battling rallies and shot making remained; its gonna hurt like hell tmrw, what a fab match!"  -- Ian
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt John Harrison (Nov 7) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Our tussles are getting closer, there wasn't much in this as the score suggests. A break to lead 6-5 presented the chance to serve out a competitive first set, then the wind really picked up to add an unwelcome dimension. At 5-2 in the second set, it looked all over but John doesn't give up and almost drew level before the match was closed out. Good play, good rallies and good fun on a Sunday morning!"  -- Ian
Reveal CommentJean-Paul Dowding bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Nov 7) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was the first meeting between Josh and I, but it won't be the last I'm sure. Josh has a great first serve and solid ground strokes. My serve was working better than it has for a good while and I think that made a lot of the difference. The first set was tight. We exchanged breaks of serve and I got one break at 5-4 up. The second set was very different as Josh's first serve seem to desert him and before we knew it I was 5-0 up. At that point Josh's serve came back and I tightened up. In a blink it was 5-3 and we had a battle through three or four deuces before I could secure the win. A fun match on a chilly evening. Thanks Josh and all the best with your other matches!!"  -- Jean-Paul

Group Summary:

Final Rankings:

  1. John Finn [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Ben Friman [W5, L1] 13 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Shuhel Miah [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Michael Dyer [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Rebecca Desmond [W1, L2] 2
  6. Peter Hedley 10.2 [L5] 2
  7. Lisa Garner [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRebecca Desmond bt Peter Hedley (Dec 29) 6-1, 0-6, [12-10]

Player Comments:

  • "The sun came out and the weather dried up, a pleasant surprise after many rainy December days. The wind made the match a challenge and it could have gone either way! Thanks for a great game Peter!"  -- Rebecca
Reveal CommentJohn Finn bt Michael Dyer (Dec 23) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with Michael. Pretty tough going and not much in it. Many more to come hopefully!"  -- John
Reveal CommentJohn Finn bt Ben Friman (Dec 19) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Cracking game with Ben. Lots of unusual shots and rallies. It was a fight to the bitter end and could have gone either way."  -- John
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Peter Hedley (Dec 17) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Peter's game has improved since the last time we played. I had to deal with balls carefully placed, wrong-footing me a few times. There were plenty of games where the score went to deuce, so it was closer than the score suggests."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentJohn Finn bt Peter Hedley (Dec 11) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with Peter. Lots of rallies and deuce games. Look forward to the next one."  -- John
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Rebecca Desmond (Dec 3) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great to be still playing in winter, even if the light is a bit dim. This match really took off half way through the second set and some notable lucky mis-hits clinched a few games for me."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentJohn Finn bt Rebecca Desmond (Dec 1) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great playing Rebecca. Real fun and a great competitor. Some excellent rallies and I awarded Rebecca shot of the match!"  -- John
Reveal CommentJohn Finn bt Lisa Garner (Nov 29) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A pleasure to play Lisa again. Some great rallies and surprising shots. All good fun!"  -- John
Reveal CommentMichael Dyer bt Lisa Garner (Nov 28) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet Lisa on another lovely day for tennis. Although the low sun did cause some serious issues from one end of the court. The first set was tighter than the score suggests. I defo had the net cord gods on my side!! Second set was at 2-2 before I managed to get myself in front. Good luck Lisa in the rest of your games and I look forward to playing you again"  -- Michael
Reveal CommentJohn Finn bt Shuhel Miah (Nov 28) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet Shuel. Great attitude on court which made it a fun experience. "  -- John

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMichael Dyer bt Peter Hedley (Nov 21) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet and play Peter. This game turned into a bit of an epic 2 hour, 3 set battle, on a lovely day to be outside playing tennis. The first set, set the scene with lots if tight deuce games and lots of good tennis. Both of us were hampered slightly by the low winter sun. Peter took the second set with lots of great passing and lob shots. In the third set, Peter raced into a two game lead but I managed to comeback to take the set, which again had some really long, hard fought deuce games. I’m not going to lie, I’m going to feel this in my legs tomorrow. Good luck Peter in the rest of your games and I look forward to playing you again in the future. Special thanks to Ben Friman for letting me borrow the broom to sweep the court"  -- Michael
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Shuhel Miah (Nov 21) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Another good match in very bright and breezy conditions. An unusual number of points were won with drop shots on both sides. I look forward to playing Shuhel again!"  -- Ben
Reveal CommentShuhel Miah bt Peter Hedley (Nov 20) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "First time playing with Peter, such a good player. Some of his shots had to much power that I found it hard to hit it back onto his side! Look forward to playing him again. Best of luck! "  -- Shuhel
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Lisa Garner (Nov 19) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A good workout. It was a more decisive score than usual but it could have been closer if only Lisa could avoid the temptation to hit baseline volleys."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Michael Dyer (Nov 14) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match and Michael was leading through most of the first set but his cunning spin slice shots were offset by errors."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentShuhel Miah bt Michael Dyer (Nov 7) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really good game with such a good player. I look forward to playing more games with him in the future. Well played mate. "  -- Shuhel

Results

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Scoring Information:

You earn one point for every set you win. Players who complete three or more matches by the mid-point of the Round receive 2 bonus points and a bonus prize. Bonus prizes must be claimed within 28 days using the link emailed to the player.

Understanding the current rankings display: 

Players' names, W - tally of wins, L - tally of losses, UF - tally of unfinished matches] 'n' - points won (if bonus points have been won a note to this effect is added).

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