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Collapse AllKilburn Grange Park Singles - Round 17 | Thursday 9 July 2020 to Wednesday 2 September 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 5 August 2020)

We had 4 groups this round and lots of close and entertaining matches announcing the return of friendly, competitive tennis to the courts of Kilburn Grange Park Tennis League! Overall nearly two thirds of all possible matches were played and this would have been higher were it not for a quiet Group 4. Thanks for dusting off your rackets and supporting your local league though and we hope to see you back in the next round!

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Kaladerhan for finishing as Group 1 champ through a combination of tennis and scheduling skills, with 4 wins and midway bonus points helping him to a one point lead over runner up Tom. Tom won their head to head despite "some superb drop shots" from Kaladerhan on his way to 5 match wins, including 3 setters against Krzysiek and Sean, the latter being an endurance test in the heat! Meanwhile Kaladerhan also had to dig deep to overcome Krzysiek in 3 tough sets.

Final Rankings:

  1. Kaladerhan Agbontaen [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Tom Smith [W5] 10 RUNNER UP
  3. Sean Cull 8.1 [W2, L4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Emmet Lenoach [W4, L1] 9
  5. Krzysiek Filipiak 9.2 [W3, L3] 9
  6. Finlay Davies 9.2 [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Thomas Coleman [W1, L5] 3

Match Results:

Reveal CommentEmmet Lenoach bt Kaladerhan Agbontaen (Aug 31) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Very close match - it took two sessions to finish it off! Thanks K :)"  -- Emmet
Reveal CommentTom Smith bt Thomas Coleman (Aug 30) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A deceptive scoreline, some very close games, a lot of them going to deuce! Thomas made 4/5 fantastic lob winners and he ran all match getting so much back! A real fighter!"  -- Tom
Reveal CommentEmmet Lenoach bt Thomas Coleman (Aug 29) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Tiring match - it was virtually impossible to get any winners past Thomas. Thanks for the match :)"  -- Emmet
Krzysiek Filipiak bt Sean Cull (Aug 21) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Reveal CommentEmmet Lenoach bt Krzysiek Filipiak (Aug 20) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Close fought match in hot conditions. Thanks Krzysiek :)"  -- Emmet

Match of the Group:

Kaladerhan Agbontaen bt Krzysiek Filipiak (Aug 18) 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4
Reveal CommentTom Smith bt Krzysiek Filipiak (Aug 17) 6-0, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A cracking match, K showed true grit and determination to come from behind. He just never gives up and gets everything back! Looking forward to the next battle! "  -- Tom
Krzysiek Filipiak bt Finlay Davies (Aug 16) 6-2, 6-3
Krzysiek Filipiak bt Thomas Coleman (Aug 15) 6-1, 7-5
Reveal CommentSean Cull bt Thomas Coleman (Aug 14) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Cheeky come back after losing the first set miserably! Mr Coleman played very well but lost his edge on this occasion"  -- Sean
Reveal CommentKaladerhan Agbontaen bt Finlay Davies (Aug 13) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A pleasure playing Finlay after so many years. A very enjoyable contest with a second-serve from Finlay that is essentially a first-serve and proving very challenging."  -- Kaladerhan
Reveal CommentTom Smith bt Sean Cull (Aug 10) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Hot. Hot.Hot. We were both absolutely annihilated by the heat! "  -- Tom
Reveal CommentFinlay Davies bt Emmet Lenoach (Aug 9) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "This was a great match and Emmet put in a total effort that made it difficult the difference was consistency, but once he gets that sorted, he'll pose a whole lot more problems especially his blistering serves and big forehand which is very deceiving as he hits it so late.. As for me this is my first ever win in group 1 as I normally lose all my matches and get relegated back into group 2 which feels like an eternity after coming so close in my previous two games and a whole big monkey off my back, I'm now going out to drink a few celebratory cold beers and probably a few more Slàinte Mhath!"  -- Finlay
Reveal CommentEmmet Lenoach bt Sean Cull (Aug 2) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Close match, thanks Sean! :)"  -- Emmet
Reveal CommentThomas Coleman bt Finlay Davies (Aug 2) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was great to play Finlay for the first time in a couple of years. He's a vastly improved player now! "  -- Thomas
Reveal CommentSean Cull bt Finlay Davies (Jul 31) 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Tough battle in the scorching heat, great match fin. "  -- Sean
Reveal CommentKaladerhan Agbontaen bt Sean Cull (Jul 22) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to play Sean again in what turned out to be a tense match with lots of exciting rallies. Look forward to playing again."  -- Kaladerhan
Reveal CommentTom Smith bt Kaladerhan Agbontaen (Jul 21) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really competitive and thoroughly enjoyable match. K hit some superb drop shots throughout the match! "  -- Tom
Kaladerhan Agbontaen bt Thomas Coleman (Jul 19) 6-4, 6-3
Reveal CommentTom Smith bt Finlay Davies (Jul 16) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A really competitive game, more so than the score line suggests. Some great pick up shots from Finlay, a player who makes himself very hard to beat! "  -- Tom

Group Summary:

It was close at the top of Group 2 as well with Jack finishing a single point clear of runner up Ed by winning one more match. Ed was the only player to earn scheduling bonus points though and it was otherwise a fairly quiet group unfortunately with a number of matches left unplayed. Despite this there were 2 entertaining 3 setters won by Andy and Ed respectively, with Andy's win over group champ Jack receiving "commendations from bystanders" as they walked off... nice one!

Final Rankings:

  1. Jack Farrin [W3, L1] 7 WINNER
  2. Ed Naylor 9.1 [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Andy Craig 10.2 [W1] 2
  4. Mike Jaworski [L2] 1
  5. John Kelly 8.2 [L1] withdrawn
  6. Martin Trillo Soneira [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAndy Craig bt Jack Farrin (Aug 20) 1-6, 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Despite my best attempts to finish off Andy before he found his rhythm, he came roaring back for the second set. Some fantastic points resulted in a great game of tennis which received commendations from bystanders as we walked off - can't wait until our next battle!"  -- Jack
Reveal CommentJack Farrin bt Martin Trillo Soneira (Aug 10) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Was great to meet Martin who ran everything down and refused to give up. Looking forward to playing with him again soon."  -- Jack
Reveal CommentEd Naylor bt John Kelly (Jul 30) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A really good match played under sweltering midday sun. John took a while to find his rhythm in the first set although the score definitely flattered me. Different story in the second where he was a break up and hitting huge forehand winners...I just managed to scramble back by edging a couple of epic deuce games. Very relieved to avoid a third set in that heat but hope to play again soon (in the evening!). "  -- Ed
Reveal CommentJack Farrin bt Ed Naylor (Jul 24) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A really fun match with some great rallies that covered the entirety of the court! Ed makes you fight for every point. "  -- Jack

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentEd Naylor bt Mike Jaworski (Jul 21) 6-4, 5-7, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • ''Extremely close and fun match played over two sessions. Mike has a powerful serve and big forehand so I had to hang in there...relieved to narrowly avoid a final set tiebreak!'' -- Ed
Reveal CommentJack Farrin bt Mike Jaworski (Jul 10) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Unfortunately Mike couldn’t find his rhythm today - with a huge serve and reliable one-handed backhand I feel the next time we meet the score will very likely be the other way round!"  -- Jack

Group Summary:

It was a successful return to league action for David M who topped the group with 4 wins and a 2 point cushion over runner up Stephan, and both were also rewarded with bonus points for early match scheduling. Kudos to Stephan for winning their head to head, aided by some unforced errors from David M, and Divesh had a strong round too winning 2 close 3 setters including a real battle against Dmitry... great tennis!

Final Rankings:

  1. David Mey [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Stephan Richtering [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Etin Giwa-Osagie [W3, L1] 7
  4. Dmitry Chankin [W2, L3] 5
  5. Divesh Kamal [W2] 4
  6. David Elkan [L4]
  7. Mohammad Zohair Motiwala [L3]

Match Results:

David Mey bt Mohammad Zohair Motiwala (Aug 29) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentEtin Giwa-Osagie bt Mohammad Zohair Motiwala (Aug 23) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good Game and some good shots from Zohair "  -- Etin
Etin Giwa-Osagie bt Dmitry Chankin (Aug 23) Walkover
Reveal CommentDivesh Kamal bt David Mey (Aug 18) 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great games David! Nice to meet you too. In the end I took the cake but we had some good rallies and points and was fun to play. See you in the courts some time!"  -- Divesh
David Mey bt Dmitry Chankin (Aug 16) 6-3, 6-0

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDivesh Kamal bt Dmitry Chankin (Aug 15) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet you Dmitry, was a great match. We were both quite tired on account on being a Saturday morning, and the tennis slowed down considerably at the 3rd set. I managed a comeback from 5 - 1 down, but it really could have gone either way! Hopefully we get to have another match at some point!"  -- Divesh
Reveal CommentDmitry Chankin bt David Elkan (Aug 10) 6-1 David Elkan Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Early morning game, both started quite rusty and then David was unfortunate to pull his hamstring, heroically continued to fight but rightly stopped after first set. Good luck and get better soon!"  -- Dmitry
Etin Giwa-Osagie bt David Elkan (Aug 6) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentDavid Mey bt Etin Giwa-Osagie (Aug 4) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Grueling but fun match with lots of great rallies. Etin dominated the first but I managed to show some fight from the second. TBC."  -- David
Reveal CommentStephan Richtering bt Mohammad Zohair Motiwala (Aug 2) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Most points won or lost at the net with some some great finishing. "  -- Stephan
Stephan Richtering bt David Elkan (Aug 1) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentDavid Mey bt David Elkan (Jul 29) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great weather for tennis. Very nice to meet you David. All the best"  -- David
Reveal CommentStephan Richtering bt David Mey (Jul 25) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Played in quite slippery conditions again but didn't impact the game too much. David hit some great winners but also a number of unforced errors which gave me the upper hand in the end. "  -- Stephan
Reveal CommentDmitry Chankin bt Stephan Richtering (Jul 19) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 4-2 Stephan Richtering Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Quite slippery conditions today, nevertheless we were able play some great shots and long rallies. By third set I was barely breathing and Stephan unfortunately injured his wrist but we continued to play until 4:2 in the third."  -- Dmitry

Group Summary:

This was a low scoring group unfortunately with only 2 matches completed and 3 players not getting out of the starting blocks! Neil and Lionel made the most of their match though playing a cracking 3 setter which Neil finally won in a third set tiebreak, however the point Lionel earned from taking a set off Neil helped him secure the group title by a single point. Fingers crossed for more matches completed in the next round!

Final Rankings:

  1. Lionel Gabaude [W1, L1] 3 WINNER
  2. Neil Terry [W1] 2 RUNNER UP
  3. Roberta Piancazzo [L1]
  4. David Neilson 10.2
  5. Fernando Rola
  6. Sofia Palma Carlos 10.2

Match Results:

Lionel Gabaude bt Roberta Piancazzo (Aug 4) 6-0, 6-0

Match of the Group:

Neil Terry bt Lionel Gabaude (Jul 26) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)