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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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  • Players are placed in groups according to past performance in the league and, for new players, their Player Standard Questionnaire
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Collapse AllPaddington Rec Singles - Round 33 | Thursday 1 June 2017 to Wednesday 26 July 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 28 June 2017)

Well done to Paddington Rec for another great round, in which all groups were very closely fought! Players had the chance to showcase and improve their individual talents while supporting one another in competitive yet friendly matches. Thank you everyone for a lively range of commentaries with detailed and exciting match descriptions. Here’s to the next round!

Group Summary:

Almost everyone in Group 1 got their bonus points this round – well done! Dibyendu and Robert battled through the wind, Robert and Adriana played a competitive three sets, Dibyendu had tight three-setters with tiebreaks against both Vivek and Adriana, and Vivek and Robert had plenty of deuce points in their marathon match! Congratulatons to Andreas for claiming the top spot.

Final Rankings:

  1. Andreas Christophorou 8.1 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Vivek Bisht 8.1 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Dibyendu Rakshit 8.2 [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Robert Barrett 7.2 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Adriana Paterno [W2, L3, UF1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Robert Robinson 7.2 [W2, L1, UF1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Stephen Leeke 8.2 [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Stelios Nikoloudis

Match Results:

Adriana Paterno v Robert Robinson (Jul 27) 7-6 (7-3), 5-2 TBC
Reveal CommentDibyendu Rakshit bt Robert Barrett (Jul 16) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Close match under frequent gusts and distractions from nearby courts!"  -- Dibyendu
Reveal CommentAndreas Christophorou bt Dibyendu Rakshit (Jul 9) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great games. Serve and volley v baseline. "  -- Andreas
Reveal CommentRobert Barrett bt Adriana Paterno (Jul 1) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Close, competitive game all the way."  -- Robert
Reveal CommentVivek Bisht bt Robert Barrett (Jun 26) 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very long , hard fought match more than 3 hours ........the last 2 sets were much closer than the scores suggest, nearly most games going to deuce. "  -- Vivek
Reveal CommentAndreas Christophorou bt Adriana Paterno (Jun 26) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Adriana has a forehand to die for. Close match. "  -- Andreas
Dibyendu Rakshit bt Stephen Leeke (Jun 25) 6-3, 6-1
Robert Barrett bt Stephen Leeke (Jun 24) 6-0, 6-1
Robert Robinson bt Dibyendu Rakshit (Jun 23) 6-3, 6-4
Adriana Paterno bt Vivek Bisht (Jun 20) 6-1, 6-4
Vivek Bisht bt Stephen Leeke (Jun 18) 6-4, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentVivek Bisht bt Dibyendu Rakshit (Jun 17) 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Great matchup. Vivek with injured shoulder. Dib with heat cramps. The blazing sun and 30+ heat wasn't helping. It was a test of will and Vivek had just a bit more of that in the end."  -- Dibyendu
Robert Robinson bt Stephen Leeke (Jun 16) 6-2, 6-4
Adriana Paterno bt Stephen Leeke (Jun 15) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentAndreas Christophorou bt Vivek Bisht (Jun 14) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Three hard sets despite Vivek playing with an injured shoulder throughout. Long rallies. "  -- Andreas
Robert Barrett bt Robert Robinson (Jun 11) 6-3, 6-1
Andreas Christophorou bt Stephen Leeke (Jun 3) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentDibyendu Rakshit bt Adriana Paterno (Jun 3) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-7)

Player Comments:

  • "Super conditions .... may be for BBQ but not so much for tennis. Bright sun and gusty winds. A very close match at the end! "  -- Dibyendu

Group Summary:

This round saw Chris rise to victory with a combination of match wins and bonus points – congratulations! Well done also to runner-up Herve. Ali used his powerful forehands, Lionel demonstrated his skilful top spin, Herve and Ali had a marathon match, Mike and Herve used some cunning tactics, and Ashwin and Lionel had an amazing topsy-turvy scoreline!

Final Rankings:

  1. Chris Kalavrytinos 9.1 [W4, L1, UF1] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Herve Lagadec 8.2 [W4] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Ali Qassim 8.2 [W2, L2, UF1] 7
  4. Mike Douglas 8.1 [W2, L4] 5
  5. Ashwin Rajashekhar 10.1 [W1, L5] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Lionel Gendebien [W1, L2, UF1] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Bjorn Breytenbach 9.2 [W1, L1, UF1] 3

Match Results:

Ali Qassim bt Ashwin Rajashekhar (Jul 26) 6-3, 6-3
Mike Douglas bt Bjorn Breytenbach (Jul 24) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentChris Kalavrytinos bt Ali Qassim (Jul 24) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very competitive match played over three days! Lots of winners, deuces, break points and long rallies. At the end, it was down to one game more won in total... Very enjoyable, close match with powerful forehands from Ali!"  -- Chris
Reveal CommentChris Kalavrytinos bt Mike Douglas (Jul 23) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Mike got a small injury, so had to stop after the first set. TBC, Chris to serve"  -- Chris
  • "Nice match played over three days! Quite a few long games that could have gone either way. On the second day, we only managed to play 6 games in an hour!" -- Chris
Ali Qassim v Lionel Gendebien (Jul 23) 6-1, 3-0 TBC
Ali Qassim bt Mike Douglas (Jul 18) 7-5, 6-2
Mike Douglas bt Ashwin Rajashekhar (Jul 12) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentHerve Lagadec bt Mike Douglas (Jul 10) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game against Mike over three hours play. Not just physical, but mentally and tactically challenging. Felt like playing chess at times!" Herve
Reveal CommentBjorn Breytenbach v Chris Kalavrytinos (Jul 10) 2-6, 6-1 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Chris to serve"  -- Bjorn
Reveal CommentHerve Lagadec bt Ali Qassim (Jul 9) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Long game more than three hours in a row. Ali defended very well in the first set to overcome a deficit of three games. The third set was very tight and I only made the difference in the last few points. Great game!"  -- Herve
Lionel Gendebien bt Mike Douglas (Jun 25) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentChris Kalavrytinos bt Lionel Gendebien (Jun 24) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A very close game with two sets played over two hours! Lionel plays with so much top spin and could have won the game, but he was let down by his serve on the day. Very tough and enjoyable match!"  -- Chris
Chris Kalavrytinos bt Ashwin Rajashekhar (Jun 22) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentAshwin Rajashekhar bt Lionel Gendebien (Jun 19) 0-6, 7-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "2-2 lionel to serve in 3rd set, TBC on 19th June "  -- Ashwin
Reveal CommentBjorn Breytenbach bt Ashwin Rajashekhar (Jun 18) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very hot..but fun tactical match!"  -- Bjorn
Reveal CommentHerve Lagadec bt Ashwin Rajashekhar (Jun 11) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Got dark and Paddington rec didn't turn on the lights, 2-1 in the 3rd ashwin to serve"  -- Ashwin
Reveal CommentHerve Lagadec bt Chris Kalavrytinos (Jun 10) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good tennis game on a nice and sunny day! "  -- Herve

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Tanmay, who tops the group with three matches won. Laurent and Szabolcs had some great rallies, Joao showed his impressive first serve, James and Szabolcs had a tight three sets, Laurent revealed some powerful returns, and Tanmay and Laurent had a dramatic match of three sets and a tiebreak, which involved plenty of running around! A special mention to Alex, who was the only player to score bonus points.

Final Rankings:

  1. Tanmay Chetan 8.2 [W3, L2] 6 WINNER
  2. Szabolcs Baranyi [W2, L1, UF1] 5 RUNNER UP
  3. James De Cothi [W2, L1] 4
  4. Laurent Frisch 10.1 [W1, L1, UF1] 4
  5. Joao Monteiro [W1] 2
  6. Vipul Kabra 10.1 [W1, L2] 2
  7. Alex Mavis [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentLaurent Frisch v Szabolcs Baranyi (Jul 25) 7-5, 3-4 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Great game today against Szabi which we could not finish unfortunately. A couple of very good rallies and nice winners on both side. Szabi is very effective at the net which makes it quite hard at times! We'll finish the game later on but it will be too late for the league."  -- Laurent
James De Cothi bt Vipul Kabra (Jul 24) 6-3, 6-0
Tanmay Chetan bt James De Cothi (Jul 9) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentJoao Monteiro bt Tanmay Chetan (Jul 2) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very good and exciting match. Tanmay started really strong in the first set, with good winners and a low number of unforced errors. Luckily I was able to improve my first serve to even and take the first set. Overall an exciting match with good crosscourt rallies and some impressive winners."  -- Joao

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentTanmay Chetan bt Laurent Frisch (Jul 1) 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)

Player Comments:

  • "What a game! We ran 10k in 2 hours and 20 minutes. Laurent has great consistency and returns almost every shot. In the end a few lucky net chords and good serves in the tiebreaker saw me through. "  -- Tanmay
James De Cothi bt Szabolcs Baranyi (Jul 1) 6-0, 2-6, 6-4
Szabolcs Baranyi bt Vipul Kabra (Jun 26) 6-2, 6-2
Szabolcs Baranyi bt Tanmay Chetan (Jun 25) 6-3, 7-5
Laurent Frisch bt Alex Mavis (Jun 24) 6-1, 6-2
Vipul Kabra bt Alex Mavis (Jun 15) 6-2, 6-4
Tanmay Chetan bt Alex Mavis (Jun 10) 6-0, 6-2

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Alexander, who wins the group with an impressive 11 points, and to close runner-up John. Konstantinos and Annabel had some great rallies, James used his strong groundstrokes and topspin, Alexander and John had an exciting three sets, and Konstantinos and Alexander enjoyed some summery weather! Well done to Alexander and Konstantinos for scoring bonus points.

Final Rankings:

  1. Alexander Edmonds 9.2 [W4, UF1] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. John Kelly 8.2 [W4, L1] 9 RUNNER UP
  3. Konstantinos Vathakos [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Lachezar Stoitsov 9.1 [W2, L1, UF1] 5
  5. Annabel Walker [W1, L4] 2
  6. James Thorniley-Walker [L4] 1
  7. Patrick Sullivan withdrawn

Match Results:

Lachezar Stoitsov bt Annabel Walker (Jul 26) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
John Kelly bt Lachezar Stoitsov (Jul 23) 6-0, 6-1
Annabel Walker bt James Thorniley-Walker (Jul 13) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Reveal CommentJohn Kelly bt James Thorniley-Walker (Jul 4) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "James let down by inconsistenced serving Overall an enjoyable match"  -- John
John Kelly bt Konstantinos Vathakos (Jul 2) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentAlexander Edmonds v Lachezar Stoitsov (Jul 1) 6-1, 4-6 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Alex to serve"  -- Alexander
Reveal CommentKonstantinos Vathakos bt Annabel Walker (Jul 1) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Some really good rallies during the match! Shame Annabel couldn't hit as hard as she did after our match, it could have been a completely different match. Thoroughly enjoyed it though. Thanks Annabel!"  -- Konstantinos
Reveal CommentAlexander Edmonds bt James Thorniley-Walker (Jun 29) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Huge groundstrokes from James. Massive topspin on the forehand and backhand. Great fun to play against."  -- Alexander

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAlexander Edmonds bt John Kelly (Jun 26) 7-5, 2-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "John had match point. This was a tight tussle. John's backhand slice is impossible to read- just a great shot. Looking forward to playing a friendly game after this round." Alexander
Reveal CommentAlexander Edmonds bt Annabel Walker (Jun 17) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests. There was a lot of fun, hard fought rallies. Really enjoyed the match."  -- Alexander
Reveal CommentKonstantinos Vathakos bt James Thorniley-Walker (Jun 17) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Some issues with the serve consistency, but we had some great rallies at times!"  -- Konstantinos
John Kelly bt Annabel Walker (Jun 10) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentAlexander Edmonds bt Konstantinos Vathakos (Jun 10) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Wow, the the weather finally realized it's summer. If Konstantinos had played like he did when we hit after the match the score would be reversed."  -- Alexander
Lachezar Stoitsov bt Konstantinos Vathakos (Jun 3) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

Group Summary:

A clean sweep of five matches secured the victory for Aidan – congratulations! Pedro was close runner-up with eight points. George and Diego had some great rallies and a very tight second set, Aidan and Pedro had a gripping tiebreak, and George and Pedro had amazing three sets with two tiebreaks which spanned over four hours!

Final Rankings:

  1. Aidan Lee [W5] 10 WINNER
  2. Pedro Torrado [W3, L2] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Bora Molla 10.2 [W3, L2] 6
  4. George Constantinides 9.2 [W3, L2] 6
  5. Tom Peiler [L4] 1
  6. Tracey Lee-Lewis [L3]
  7. Diego Marano [L1]

Match Results:

Aidan Lee bt Bora Molla (Jul 25) 7-5, 6-1

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentGeorge Constantinides bt Pedro Torrado (Jul 24) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "This was a very long game and it was great fun. We met again for a third hour of tennis, and we run out of time at the tie break, so we met for a fourth hour. "  -- George
George Constantinides bt Tom Peiler (Jul 22) 6-3, 6-0
Aidan Lee bt George Constantinides (Jul 15) 6-3, 6-2
Bora Molla bt George Constantinides (Jul 2) 7-5, 6-3
Reveal CommentAidan Lee bt Pedro Torrado (Jul 2) 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match, unfortunately interrupted in the 3rd set due to exceeding 2 hours, we completed the game an hour later."  -- Aidan
Pedro Torrado bt Bora Molla (Jul 1) 6-4, 6-3
Bora Molla bt Tracey Lee-Lewis (Jun 30) 6-2, 6-4
Pedro Torrado bt Tracey Lee-Lewis (Jun 25) 6-2, 6-1
Aidan Lee bt Tom Peiler (Jun 24) 6-2, 6-3
Pedro Torrado bt Tom Peiler (Jun 24) 6-3, 1-2 Tom Peiler Retired
Aidan Lee bt Tracey Lee-Lewis (Jun 18) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentGeorge Constantinides bt Diego Marano (Jun 13) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "great game with long rallies. The second set was exceptional"  -- George
Bora Molla bt Tom Peiler (Jun 10) 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, [13-11]

Group Summary:

It’s no coincidence that the only player to score bonus points this round was the one who came top of the group – congratulations to Paul! Becky and Paul had a gripping three sets, Yuki and Becky had a dramatic tiebreak, and Paul and Owen battled on through the wind! Duncan, we hope your ankle heals soon.

Final Rankings:

  1. Paul O'mahony 10.2 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Owen Fuld [W3] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Becky Scott [W2, L2] 4
  4. Yuki Masaki 10.2 [W1, L2] 2
  5. Duncan Bech [L1]
  6. Stephanie Casey [L2]

Match Results:

Yuki Masaki bt Becky Scott (Jul 24) 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
Reveal CommentBecky Scott bt Stephanie Casey (Jul 20) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Some hard fought games in both sets, a good match overall! "  -- Becky
Reveal CommentOwen Fuld bt Yuki Masaki (Jul 8) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very humid day, but a good match!"  -- Owen

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentBecky Scott bt Paul O'mahony (Jul 5) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "After being 3-0 up in the first set, paul came back and won the set 6-3. The second set was close with lots of games going to deuce; however, a break of serve allowed me to secure the second set. In the final set I was lucky to break serve once and then twice due to some unfortunate double faults. After two hours of tennis, we were both tiring, I managed to serve out the match to win. "  -- Becky
  • "Great match played on a balmy summer's evening. Lots of to-ing and fro-ing in the momentum. In the final set, Becky held her nerve that bit better and came through for the win. Very enjoyable tennis" -- Paul
Paul O'mahony bt Stephanie Casey (Jun 22) 6-2, 6-2
Owen Fuld bt Becky Scott (Jun 12) 6-1, 6-4
Reveal CommentOwen Fuld bt Paul O'mahony (Jun 10) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good match on a very windy day!"  -- Owen
Reveal CommentPaul O'mahony bt Duncan Bech (Jun 9) 2-4 Duncan Bech Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Was shaping up to be a great game which could have gone either way but unfortunately Duncan rolled his ankle during the 7th game and that was the end of not only the game but of Duncan's campaign. I look forward to a rematch when his ankle is healed :)"  -- Paul
Paul O'mahony bt Yuki Masaki (Jun 3) 6-2, 6-4

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