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  • Matches are best of three sets; if a set reaches 6 games all it is decided by a tiebreak
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Collapse AllOxford Singles - Round 38 | Thursday 1 November 2018 to Wednesday 9 January 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 5 December 2018)

This was another exciting and busy round of tennis in Oxford Tennis League with great levels of participation resulting in over 70% of matches completed. You had to contend with a mixed bag of weather, court conditions and luck (ranging from icy courts to unlucky net cords and broken strings) but in true British style you didn't let this deter you! It was great to welcome 9 new players to the league alongside lots of returning players, and we're already looking forward to the next round in Oxford!

Group Summary:

There were new faces at the top of Group 1 with Chamara taking the Group 1 crown at the first attempt, winning all 7 matches to finish 6 points clear of fellow league debutant James. Chamara won their head to head in 2 close sets, helped by James' "huge first serve not firing" that day. Tom and Helen both managed to play 6 matches, and Tom was "shattered by the end" of their head to head from chasing down Helen's shots, something Christopher commented on too!

Final Rankings:

  1. Chamara Wijesinghe [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. James Burton [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Christopher Lynch [W3, L2] 7
  4. Thierry Mamert 8.2 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Victor Diaconu 8.2 [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Tom Bonnington 9.1 [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Helen Watts 9.1 [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Oliver Upstone [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentTom Bonnington bt Helen Watts (Jan 6) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with Helen. She hit lots of winners and it could have easily been a lot closer. Was shattered by the end."  -- Tom
Reveal CommentJames Burton bt Thierry Mamert (Jan 5) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with Thierry. Thank you for the match. "  -- James
Reveal CommentChristopher Lynch bt Helen Watts (Jan 4) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good game with Helen, she gave me the run-around in some of the rallies!"  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentChristopher Lynch bt Tom Bonnington (Jan 4) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game with Tom to start off the new year! "  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentChristopher Lynch bt Thierry Mamert (Dec 8) 6-4, 0-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good game with Thierry, thanks "  -- Christopher
Chamara Wijesinghe bt Tom Bonnington (Nov 28) 6-3, 6-3
Chamara Wijesinghe bt Oliver Upstone (Nov 25) 6-3, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJames Burton bt Christopher Lynch (Nov 23) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with Chris which was played in a lovely spirit. He came back well from 2-4 down in the second. Thank you for the match :-)"  -- James
Reveal CommentVictor Diaconu bt Tom Bonnington (Nov 18) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Tough conditions to play in, yet again. Windy and cold, but it was sunny, at least. Quite a few games went to deuce and lots of winners from Tom. Looking forward to playing against him again in the future."  -- Victor
Reveal CommentThierry Mamert bt Helen Watts (Nov 18) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Helen! You hit some good winners, but a bit unlucky sometimes."  -- Thierry
Chamara Wijesinghe bt Helen Watts (Nov 18) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentThierry Mamert bt Oliver Upstone (Nov 17) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "That was a good match on a lovely and sunny afternoon. Lots of nice rallies. I hope we’ll play again soon. Cheers. "  -- Thierry
Reveal CommentChamara Wijesinghe bt James Burton (Nov 15) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great match over two days. Lucky that Jame’s “ HUGE “ first serve wasn’t firing. Was just a spectator when it did. Most games were tight and the result could have been very different . Thanks for a great match James."  -- Chamara
Reveal CommentJames Burton bt Tom Bonnington (Nov 13) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game under the floodlights. Tom got into it more in the second set and hit some good winners. Very enjoyable and played in a great spirit. "  -- James
Chamara Wijesinghe bt Christopher Lynch (Nov 13) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentVictor Diaconu bt Helen Watts (Nov 11) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "fighting against the wind as much as each other, still managed to play quite a few great rallies, with plenty of winners coming from Helen."  -- Victor
Chamara Wijesinghe bt Thierry Mamert (Nov 5) 6-4, 6-1
Chamara Wijesinghe bt Victor Diaconu (Nov 5) 6-4, 6-3
Reveal CommentJames Burton bt Helen Watts (Nov 4) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Gtear game in damp conditions. Closer than the score would suggest, Helen hit some very clean shots and just missed a few by small margins. It could have been closer than the score suggests. "  -- James
Reveal CommentTom Bonnington bt Oliver Upstone (Nov 3) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Such a fun game with Oliver. Weather was good but extremely windy which led to some really unusual and interesting rallies. I got about 15 net chords so got very lucky and the match was pretty close. We’ve already organised a rematch when the round is over..."  -- Tom

Group Summary:

This was a well contested group with just one point separating group champion Peter from runner up Steve, and the top 3 players all completing 6 or 7 matches. There were several contenders for "Match of the Group" but we've settled on Peter's 3-set win over Steve as it went to the wire in a third set tiebreak. Iurie and Sebastien had a close encounter too with Sebastien staging an impressive comeback in the second set but fell just short in the tiebreak, while he was on the winning side in a second set tiebreak against Richard.

Final Rankings:

  1. Peter Watkins [W6, L1] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Steve Carpenter 9.1 [W5, L1] 13 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Sébastien Bourdu 10.2 [W4, L3] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Iurie Rusu 8.2 [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Richard Hadfield [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Andrew Tacon 10.2 [L5] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Tariq Ali [L2]
  8. Tom Rogers 10.2 [L3]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentSteve Carpenter bt Sébastien Bourdu (Jan 6) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game. Sébastien took advantage of me missing my range in the first set. I managed to turn it around in the second. Sébastien had to borrow my spare racket in the final set due to a broken string which might have made a difference. Look forward to next game. Steve "  -- Steve
Iurie Rusu bt Andrew Tacon (Dec 20) 6-1, 6-4
Reveal CommentSteve Carpenter bt Richard Hadfield (Dec 20) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Absolute pleasure to play with Richard. It was a good competitive match and I managed to just keep ahead in both sets. Look forward to playing again. "  -- Steve
Reveal CommentPeter Watkins bt Tom Rogers (Dec 17) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A fine day for a game of tennis. Unfortunately for Tom today I made very few double faults (unlike some previous matches) and very few unforced errors. Had Tom managed to convert the many game points he had the score would have been a lot closer. Enjoyable game. Cheers Tom."  -- Peter

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPeter Watkins bt Steve Carpenter (Dec 9) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Difficult conditions today, wind and a low sun. Steve is an awkward and canny opponent, he gets a high per cent balls in court and makes few unforced errors. He took a early lead and was 5-0 up very quickly. I took the second set although by the same score as the first set not quite as efficiently. The third set went one way then another, I saved 3 set points at 4-5 and finally, thankfully took the tie breaker."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentPeter Watkins bt Tariq Ali (Dec 4) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Had a really enjoyable game with Tariq; he is strong on both wings. The match was a lot tighter than the score card suggests."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentSébastien Bourdu bt Andrew Tacon (Nov 26) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A good battle at the beginning of the match, and some nice points"  -- Sébastien
Reveal CommentSteve Carpenter bt Andrew Tacon (Nov 25) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "After I had a fast start in the first set Andrew stepped it up in the second and deserved to take it. Had to focus more to take the third. Enjoyable game and look forward to playing again. "  -- Steve
Reveal CommentPeter Watkins bt Iurie Rusu (Nov 25) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Iurie plays a mix of touch and power shots but today he made a few to many unforced errors. A good and enjoyable match."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentSébastien Bourdu bt Richard Hadfield (Nov 23) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable and close match! Tactical at the end."  -- Sébastien
Iurie Rusu bt Sébastien Bourdu (Nov 22) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
Reveal CommentPeter Watkins bt Andrew Tacon (Nov 22) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match with Andrew. Look forward to playing him again."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentPeter Watkins bt Sébastien Bourdu (Nov 20) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Played in wind and rain. A close match that could have gone either way."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentRichard Hadfield bt Andrew Tacon (Nov 20) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A chilly match!"  -- Richard
Reveal CommentSteve Carpenter bt Tom Rogers (Nov 17) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Difficult conditions with leaves on the court making it difficult to move around but good game. "  -- Steve
Reveal CommentSébastien Bourdu bt Tariq Ali (Nov 14) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Nice games and rallies! Great weather too."  -- Sébastien
Reveal CommentSteve Carpenter bt Iurie Rusu (Nov 11) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very windy and strong sun on one end - typical November day. Luri has lots of touch shots which suited the conditions, it was a close match although conditions made it tough for both of us to play any decent tennis. Sure we will play again as we live near each other. "  -- Steve
Reveal CommentSébastien Bourdu bt Tom Rogers (Nov 6) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match! The court was quite slippery though so it was difficult to run."  -- Sébastien
Richard Hadfield bt Peter Watkins (Nov 2) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

Group Summary:

It was as close as can be at the top of Group 3 with Alastair and Al both finishing on 11 points with 4 match wins, so it came down to their head to head which Alastair managed to win from behind in 3 sets. Alastair's only defeat was to Nic who recovered from losing a very close first set tiebreak to win in 3 sets. Paul showed his battling qualities too winning two close matches against Nick and Edward, helped in the latter case by "the God of Net Breaks" being on his side as Edward had about 10 unlucky net cords!

Final Rankings:

  1. Alastair Barr 9.2 [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Al Smith 9.2 [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Paul Wharton 9.2 [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Nic Aliwell [W2, L1] 4
  5. Nick Fahy 9.2 [L4] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Edward Payne [L3]
  7. Madeleine Sampson

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPaul Wharton bt Edward Payne (Jan 8) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A tough match in tough (i.e. freezing) conditions. On paper this appeared to be quite even, and indeed it was. Edward took an early advantage, as my body remembered what it’s like to not sit on the sofa watching films and drinking Baileys. We had a lot of long rallies and some arduous deuce games, and the first set took almost 90 minutes. I managed to claw my way back into it, and must say the God of Net Breaks seemed to be on my side, as Ed had about ten balls ping the net and drop his side. Cold and craving a warm pub, we somehow decided to carry on, and this set was far quicker, both of us opting to try cut the rallies short. It went to and fro, with more close deuce games, but I somehow emerged the victor. "  -- Paul
Reveal CommentAl Smith bt Nick Fahy (Dec 22) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A good match played in good spirit in nice winter sunshine. "  -- Al

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentNic Aliwell bt Alastair Barr (Dec 17) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Some long competitive rallies especially in the first set. Good strokes from both players"  -- Nic
Reveal CommentAl Smith bt Nic Aliwell (Dec 8) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable game played in quite windy conditions. Good luck with the remainder of your games Nic."  -- Al
Reveal CommentPaul Wharton bt Nick Fahy (Dec 4) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Having lost twice to Nick on grass, I was determined to beat him on the hard courts. He got the better of me the first set, as I struggled to deal with a slightly slippy surface. A good start to the 2nd set was essential, and the 2nd game went to about 10 deuces, Nick eventually breaking serve. I broke right back, and as I found my feet (literally) we put together some epic rallies, and I pulled away, winning that set comfortably. I switched off somewhat after that, and suddenly found myself 2-0 and 30-0 down. But a quiet word with myself worked a treat, and soon it was 2-2. My tail was up, but Nick's serve was mis-firing, handing me a few free points, and despite his best efforts the match was soon in the bag."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentAlastair Barr bt Nick Fahy (Dec 2) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match on a wet and windy day."  -- Alastair
Reveal CommentAlastair Barr bt Al Smith (Nov 25) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Alastair vs Alastair! A very close enjoyable match."  -- Alastair
Reveal CommentAlastair Barr bt Edward Payne (Nov 17) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game on a sunny morning."  -- Alastair
Reveal CommentAlastair Barr bt Paul Wharton (Nov 15) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Paul is so quick around the court we had some good rallies. A bit tricky at times with the slightly wet court and floodlights."  -- Alastair
Al Smith bt Paul Wharton (Nov 12) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentNic Aliwell bt Nick Fahy (Nov 11) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely day to play tennis. Competitive match with lots of close points. "  -- Nic
Reveal CommentAl Smith bt Edward Payne (Nov 6) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match with Edward with some very long points. Good luck for the remainder of your games Edward."  -- Al

Group Summary:

It was a successful return to Oxford Tennis League for Joshua who topped Group 4 with an impressive 7 wins and no defeats, including 2 comebacks from a set down against Lyn and Annabel. Lyn had a strong round too achieving 5 wins following promotion from Group 5. These included a 3-set comeback against Mark and a closely contest 2-setter against Arnold, which was their "usual very close game". Hats off to Joshua and Paul for battling on against darkness and rain to get their match played... demonstrating the spirit of the league in fine style!

Final Rankings:

  1. Joshua Brewer [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Lyn Haslett-Hawkins [W5, L1, UF1] 14 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Mark King [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Annabel Lloyd 9.2 [W2, L3, UF1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Paul Morris [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Jon Bennett [W1, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Douglas Wilson [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Arnold Busmic [L3]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentJoshua Brewer bt Douglas Wilson (Jan 8) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A good match that was closer than the score suggests with Douglas' drop shots in particular causing me a few problems."  -- Joshua
Reveal CommentAnnabel Lloyd bt Paul Morris (Jan 5) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "This was a closer match than meets the eye. Paul and I were well matched and the experience was most worthwhile."  -- Annabel
Reveal CommentMark King bt Annabel Lloyd (Dec 23) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A competitive match with both players liking to attack the ball when the opportunity presents itself making some good points and rallies "  -- Mark
Reveal CommentJoshua Brewer bt Paul Morris (Dec 16) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "A good match played first in December near darkness and then in heavier and heavier rain, but we managed to get it finished in true never-say-die fashion. The second set was a titanic battle with momentum shifting in either direction but I managed to just hold on in the tie breaker. "  -- Joshua
Reveal CommentJoshua Brewer bt Jon Bennett (Dec 10) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match in lovely conditions. Some great rallies and a hard fought match which I mananged to edge through after three sets."  -- Joshua

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentLyn Haslett-Hawkins bt Mark King (Dec 10) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A good competitive game with Mark who played really well and I was just lucky enough to clinch it."  -- Lyn
Reveal CommentLyn Haslett-Hawkins bt Arnold Busmic (Dec 8) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure to play Arnold and we had our usual very close game. The first set was very close but I just managed to the break. The second set was a series of breaks of serves and we were level at 4 all. I managed to get to 5-4 but Arnold then turned it round to make it 6-5 and then we had a really long game with what must have been about 20 deuces. It was amazing and we finally levelled at 6 all. The tie break was close too but luckily went my way. We could easily have gone to a third set. Arnold definitely had the two best shots of the match with a cracking forehand on the run and a volley where he literally managed to get from one side of the court to the other and put it away. Great match Arnold. Good luck with the others!"  -- Lyn
Reveal CommentAnnabel Lloyd bt Douglas Wilson (Dec 5) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Frustratingly Doug and I were forced to split our match over two days after we were double-booked at WHTLC. I lead 6-0, 4-2 after one hour - we had of course booked two - when we had to hand over the court. This was on Sunday. We then played two games on a gloomy and sodden astro-turf outside court - to see if we could finish on the day - but found we couldn't run. So we picked up the match again today Wednesday at 4 games all and after a long final game I managed to close it out. It was a closer match than the score indicates and I was matched in tenacity."  -- Annabel
Reveal CommentLyn Haslett-Hawkins bt Douglas Wilson (Dec 1) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A good game with Douglas who made me work hard. There were some great rallies and many deuces. The match was closer than the score looks."  -- Lyn
Reveal CommentPaul Morris bt Arnold Busmic (Dec 1) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A fun match featuring a second set epic, which I was lucky to win. There was a marathon game at 2-2 which I was fortunate to scrape through, and Arnold was unlucky not to capitalise on two set points he had when serving at 5-4. Thanks Arnold, best of luck in your remaining matches!"  -- Paul
Reveal CommentJoshua Brewer bt Mark King (Nov 29) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "This was a really good match with Mark. The first set was extremely tight, all games with serve until 4-4 when I then managed to get a break and served out the set. The second set was more varied, swinging first one way, then another until I was able to close out the match. Some great cross court shots from Mark including the shot of the match on the run that whistled past me to hit the line."  -- Joshua
Reveal CommentLyn Haslett-Hawkins v Annabel Lloyd (Nov 28) 0-6, 6-4 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "A long battle with Annabel as usual who played really well in the first set with many deuces but she made all the crucial points. I recovered in the second set which was also a marathon as I was 5-2 up but Annabel came back to 5-4 with some great tennis and I was lucky to get the second set. We ran out of court time."  -- Lyn
Reveal CommentMark King bt Jon Bennett (Nov 26) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "The second set was a lot harder than the first as Jon's first serve found it's mark and I got broken twice including one excellent lob to save a match point. In the end I had to break back to close it out. "  -- Mark
Reveal CommentJoshua Brewer bt Lyn Haslett-Hawkins (Nov 26) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A really good match with Lyn. In the first set Lyn came through, in particular her heavy forehand return punished my second serve. In the later sets I was able to get some momentum going in my ground strokes but the scores in sets 2 and 3 do not reflect how close the games were, with some great rallies being played." Joshua
Reveal CommentJoshua Brewer bt Annabel Lloyd (Nov 26) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Josh and I were unable to finish our match today as we ran out of court space - before he needed to pick up his child from school. I won the first set 6-4 and am 4-3 up in the second. We aim to finish it before the midway point. Annabel"  -- Annabel
  • "A very close match which swung backwards and forwards several times. In the end I was able to raise my first serve percentage and come through but it was closer than the score in the final set suggests." Josh
Reveal CommentJon Bennett bt Annabel Lloyd (Nov 23) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The last game was almost as long as the whole match as Annabel tenaciously held on! "  -- Jon
Reveal CommentMark King bt Douglas Wilson (Nov 18) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A nice energetic game played on damp courts with a tricky low sun. An early break was all that separated us in the first set and I faced quite a few break points on one service game. The second set was a little more comfortable but still lots of good points. A good match. "  -- Mark
Reveal CommentLyn Haslett-Hawkins bt Jon Bennett (Nov 13) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A really good game with Jon. Jon played really well in the second set with some great shots and to be honest I was lucky to win it. I enjoyed the match. Good luck in your other matches Jon."  -- Lyn
Reveal CommentLyn Haslett-Hawkins bt Paul Morris (Nov 10) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "One game all and duece in the first set with Paul serving and then a massive downpour. It was forecast but we thought we would at least get a set in! We are rescheduling."  -- Lyn
  • "Good game with Paul. The score really doesn’t reflect the match which was an hour and a half. We had many deuces. We played a long tie break friendly at the end which Paul won." Lyn
Reveal CommentPaul Morris bt Jon Bennett (Nov 8) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "An entertaining and enjoyable night match underneath the floodlights. Thanks Jon and good luck with your remaining fixtures!"  -- Paul
Reveal CommentJoshua Brewer bt Arnold Busmic (Nov 2) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match with some high quality rallies. "  -- Joshua

Group Summary:

Congratulations to league debutants Emilio and Fabio for finishing top and runner up respectively in a very close Group 5. Third placed Flora also had a strong round and finished on 8 points too so it came down to head to head wins. Emilio was the only player to go undefeated in the round although his match against Michelle was unfortunately a walkover. Flora and Kiran played a tough 2-setter which started indoors and then moved to a somewhat icy outdoor court when their booking ran out, while Emilio and Noah's match was in 2 instalments as Noah's strings snapped the first time round. Well done for persevering to get these matches finished!

Final Rankings:

  1. Emilio Lopez Lopez [W4] 8 WINNER
  2. Fabio Di Donato [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Flora Mcmeeking 10.1 [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Kiran Sahota [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Noah Mesfin [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Michelle Ashworth [L5]

Match Results:

Emilio Lopez Lopez bt Michelle Ashworth (Jan 6) Walkover
Reveal CommentNoah Mesfin bt Michelle Ashworth (Dec 28) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match. There were some return of serves which came back at speed and some intense rallies. Hope we play again!"  -- Noah
Reveal CommentFabio Di Donato bt Michelle Ashworth (Dec 16) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with Michelle. Loads of winners on both ends of the court: Michelle's forehand is unbelievable and almost always unreturnable. It has been a real pleasure to meet with her; we will surely keep in touch next year to play other friendly matches."  -- Fabio
Reveal CommentEmilio Lopez Lopez bt Noah Mesfin (Dec 16) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "We couldn't finish the match because Noah's racket strings snapped. We will continue it as soon as possible. The score in the second set was 1-0, advantage in (second game)"  -- Emilio
Reveal CommentFlora Mcmeeking bt Michelle Ashworth (Dec 9) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "I spent a large part of this match trying to prevent Michelle from using her forehand ground stroke. Once you get one of these whistling past your ankles to the baseline, all you can do is watch."  -- Flora
Reveal CommentKiran Sahota bt Michelle Ashworth (Nov 23) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A great match with a really lovely lady! She kept me on my toes with some great angled shots and her ground strokes and serves were really good too. Hope we can arrange some other matches soon. "  -- Kiran

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentFlora Mcmeeking bt Kiran Sahota (Nov 22) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Fabulous match with Kiran. Very, very close all the way through. We played indoors at the luxurious David Lloyd club for the first set and most of the second but ran out of time and had to move to an outdoor court when I was one game ahead at 5-4. Conditions were now somewhat different - the temperature had dropped by about fifteen degrees, the sun was blazing away, and the sound of traffic on the ring road was also a factor. Also all of the available courts had ice on them so we chose the least lethal and proceeded with some very careful tennis. Kiran secured the next game and soon we reached six-all so we had to go for the tie break. For once I actually remembered the rules and was able to keep my nerve to win. Thank you Kiran!"  -- Flora
Reveal CommentFlora Mcmeeking bt Noah Mesfin (Nov 17) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was a close couple of sets on a beautiful sunny afternoon at Florence Park. Good to meet you Noah, and good luck with your remaining matches."  -- Flora
Reveal CommentKiran Sahota bt Noah Mesfin (Nov 14) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match with a very nice opponent who had some really good shots in his collection."  -- Kiran
Reveal CommentFabio Di Donato bt Flora Mcmeeking (Nov 11) 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It was great fun and it was very difficult to win. Very balanced match with great points on both sides of the court."  -- Fabio
Emilio Lopez Lopez bt Flora Mcmeeking (Nov 10) 6-4, 6-1
Reveal CommentEmilio Lopez Lopez bt Fabio Di Donato (Nov 5) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match. Second set was tight with many deuces. I enjoyed the match," -- Emilio
Reveal CommentFabio Di Donato bt Noah Mesfin (Nov 2) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It has been a great match. Loads of deuces and very nice points. Enjoyable from the very beginning to the end."  -- Fabio

Results

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The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Oxford.

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 (typically a free can of HEAD tennis balls). Bonus prizes must be claimed within 28 days using the link posted to the player's Account page. The link is also emailed to players.

Please note, while matches tied at one set all may be completed with a match tiebreak, singles matches completed to this shortened format, do not count toward bonus points.

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Player name, [LTA rating - if known], 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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Collapse AllOxford Doubles - Round 8 | Thursday 20 September 2018 to Wednesday 28 November 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 24 October 2018)

There was a "very nice atmosphere" in this Oxford doubles round with lots of friendly comments accompanying the many competitive matches. Thanks to everyone who took part for a good turnout on court and we look forward to seeing you again when the league returns in the spring next year.

Group Summary:

Fabio & Mauro and Nic & Michel both secured four victories and bonus points to make it an exciting race for the group crown. Now the match between the two "swang both ways" , and although it was Nic & Michel who clinched the victory in three very competitive sets, the set Fabio and Mauro won gives them the extra point they need to steel the gold. Hats off to Tsvetan & Steve and Vivian & Jo who also gave the new champs a real run for their money in couple of epic matches played in a great spirit.

Final Rankings:

  1. Fabio Assandri & Mauro Lambo [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Nic Aliwell & Michel Leconte [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Tsvetan Shoshkov & Steve Carpenter [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Vivian Addy & Jo Hartley [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Lyn Haslett-Hawkins & Anne Edwards [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Michael Richard & Jack Kovandzich [L1]
  7. Matt Williams & Sarah Thonemann

Match Results:

Reveal CommentVivian Addy & Jo Hartley bt Lyn Haslett-Hawkins & Anne Edwards (Nov 14) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent, competitive match. Some great ralleys and plenty of deuces."  -- Vivian

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentNic Aliwell & Michel Leconte bt Fabio Assandri & Mauro Lambo (Oct 22) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Competitive doubles match. Sportsmanship from both sides. Swang both ways"  -- Nic
Reveal CommentNic Aliwell & Michel Leconte bt Lyn Haslett-Hawkins & Anne Edwards (Oct 20) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Competitive match with some tight quick paced rallies. Good teamwork from both sides"  -- Nic
Reveal CommentTsvetan Shoshkov & Steve Carpenter bt Lyn Haslett-Hawkins & Anne Edwards (Oct 20) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely day for tennis. Second set was much closer after we had a strong opening set. Good game all round. Steve "  -- Steve
Reveal CommentFabio Assandri & Mauro Lambo bt Tsvetan Shoshkov & Steve Carpenter (Oct 8) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was an epic match (with a little help from the net...)! A huge well done to our opponents: every single point was fought. Very nice atmosphere! - Fabio & Mauro"  -- Mauro
Reveal CommentNic Aliwell & Michel Leconte bt Vivian Addy & Jo Hartley (Oct 4) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Two competitive sets with solid doubles play from Vivian and Jo with some great lobs. Some good serve and volleying from Michel. "  -- Nic
Reveal CommentFabio Assandri & Mauro Lambo bt Vivian Addy & Jo Hartley (Oct 2) 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice and fought match! Vivian and Jo are very competitive opponents, extremely honest and funny. Lovely evening of tennis. Fabio & Mauro"  -- Mauro
Fabio Assandri & Mauro Lambo bt Michael Richard & Jack Kovandzich (Sep 27) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
Reveal CommentNic Aliwell & Michel Leconte bt Tsvetan Shoshkov & Steve Carpenter (Sep 27) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Well fought match from both sides. First set looked close to going either way at one stage. Good points from both sides. "  -- Nic
Reveal CommentFabio Assandri & Mauro Lambo bt Lyn Haslett-Hawkins & Anne Edwards (Sep 25) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was a pleasure playing with Lyn and Anne! Despite the final score, many games ended up in deuce: this was our first ever match in the Local League and it was very good fun! Great temperature this evening and we look forward for the next one." Fabio & Mauro
Reveal CommentTsvetan Shoshkov & Steve Carpenter bt Vivian Addy & Jo Hartley (Sep 24) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable game under the floodlights of Florence Park. Both sets we had to come from behind."  -- Steve

Results

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The results listed here include the current and previous round of Doubles matches for Oxford.

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 (typically a free can of HEAD tennis balls). In doubles, matches tied at one set all may be completed with a matchtiebreak and still count toward bonus points. Bonus prizes must be claimed within 28 days using the link posted to the player's Account page. The link is also emailed to players.

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) 

Comments:
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