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Collapse AllRosemary Gardens Singles - Round 15 | Thursday 9 July 2020 to Wednesday 2 September 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 5 August 2020)

We had an extra group and welcomed 12 new players to this round of Rosemary Gardens Tennis League, and it was great to see friendly, competitive tennis return to the courts! A few of you struggled a bit with your match scheduling meaning only half of all possible matches were played, however judging from the scorelines and commentaries there were some enjoyable and close contests across the groups. Thanks for supporting your local league and we hope to see you back in the next round!

Group Summary:

There was a clear winner at the top of Group 1 with Christopher finishing a full 6 points clear of runner up Karim, notching up 6 wins without dropping a set in an impressive display. Third placed Adam took Karim to a match tiebreak in the group's only 3 setter, and Alex fought hard in the first set against Russell. There were "some very lengthy rallies and closely contested games" in Christopher's win over Adam "with the first set lasting almost an hour"... well played!

Final Rankings:

  1. Christopher Walker 10.1 [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Karim El Afany [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Adam Etinson 10.1 [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Alex Hicks 7.2 [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Russell Turner [W1, L2] 2
  6. Colette D'Alessandro [L2]
  7. Emily Arrowsmith [L1]
  8. Stephen Young 8.1 [L2]

Match Results:

Russell Turner bt Alex Hicks (Aug 7) 7-5, 6-1
Reveal CommentChristopher Walker bt Colette D'Alessandro (Aug 5) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lots of long rallies on a sunny Wednesday evening. Thanks for the game. "  -- Christopher

Match of the Group:

Karim El Afany bt Adam Etinson (Jul 27) 2-4, 4-2, [10-6]
Karim El Afany bt Stephen Young (Jul 26) 6-1, 6-2
Karim El Afany bt Alex Hicks (Jul 25) 6-1, 6-3
Alex Hicks bt Colette D'Alessandro (Jul 19) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentChristopher Walker bt Russell Turner (Jul 19) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Russell has a great variety of shots and plays the angles very well! Thanks for the game "  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentChristopher Walker bt Emily Arrowsmith (Jul 14) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A fun match with many long rallies and games. Emily played a few cracking forehands with some excellent passing shots. Thanks for the game."  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentChristopher Walker bt Alex Hicks (Jul 13) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Alex played some really nice approach shots and volleyed very well to apply a lot of early pressure. I was fortunate to scrape through the first set after coming back from 3-4 down and saving quite a few break points to take it to 3-5 which could have led to quite a different story. Thanks for the game."  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentAdam Etinson bt Russell Turner (Jul 13) 4-2, 4-2

Player Comments:

  • "Short but enjoyable match with Russell. Some great rallies. Thanks for the match!"  -- Adam
Reveal CommentAdam Etinson bt Alex Hicks (Jul 12) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "The score was deceiving in this match. The second set in particular was long and hard fought. Thanks for the match, Alex! "  -- Adam
Alex Hicks bt Stephen Young (Jul 11) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentChristopher Walker bt Karim El Afany (Jul 11) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Karim has a great technique with some excellent pacey baseline shots on both the forehand and the backhand side. Thanks for the game."  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentChristopher Walker bt Adam Etinson (Jul 10) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The score doesn't fairly reflect the match as there were some very lengthy rallies and closely contested games with the first set lasting almost an hour! Adam played some really nice baseline shots and pulled off the shot of the match with a great cross court backhand pass from behind the baseline. Thanks for the game. "  -- Christopher

Group Summary:

It was a successful debut in Rosemary Gardens for group winner James whose 5 wins and one defeat saw him finish 3 points clear of runner up Andreas. Kudos to Andreas for winning their head to head in straight sets while he prevailed in 3 sets against an injured Dario. James won the group's other 3 setter, "an epic three set battle, played over almost three hours and on three different courts in the heat"... great effort!

Final Rankings:

  1. James Murphy [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Andreas Viljoen [W3, UF1] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Dario Llinares 7.2 [W2, L1] withdrawn 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Chris De Beneducci 10.2 [W1, L4] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Luca Bariola [W1, L1, UF1] 3
  6. Martin W [L2]
  7. Richard Gail [L1] withdrawn
  8. Tim Astley [L2]

Match Results:

Luca Bariola v Andreas Viljoen (Aug 29) 6-4, 1-6, 5-5 TBC
Reveal CommentLuca Bariola bt Chris De Beneducci (Aug 22) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match , a bit windy, some nice shots thanks"  -- Luca

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAndreas Viljoen bt Dario Llinares (Jul 29) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, thanks Dario. Good of you to stick it out to the end - hope your wrist and hamstring recover soon!"  -- Andreas
Reveal CommentChris De Beneducci bt Martin W (Jul 27) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet Martin - very enjoyable game."  -- Chris
James Murphy bt Luca Bariola (Jul 25) 6-3, 6-4
James Murphy bt Tim Astley (Jul 21) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentAndreas Viljoen bt Chris De Beneducci (Jul 20) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable (and tiring) contest in glorious Hackney Downs sunshine."  -- Chris
James Murphy bt Richard Gail (Jul 18) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentDario Llinares bt Chris De Beneducci (Jul 17) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match in the evening sunshine, thanks Chris."  -- Dario
Dario Llinares bt Tim Astley (Jul 14) 6-0, 6-3
Andreas Viljoen bt James Murphy (Jul 14) 6-1, 6-4
Reveal CommentJames Murphy bt Chris De Beneducci (Jul 13) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An Epic three set battle, played over almost three hours and on three different courts in the heat. Chris hit some excellent passing shots. Thanks for the match!"  -- James
James Murphy bt Martin W (Jul 12) 6-0, 6-0

Group Summary:

Charles marked his debut in Rosemary Gardens with a comfortable win, securing the title by going undefeated in 6 matches to finish 4 points clear of runner up Jamie. Charles' toughest win was a close 3 setter against Sam which was finally settled in the third set tiebreak, while Sam won a short format 3 setter against Liz in inclement weather conditions. Liz held on in a close first set tiebreak against Jamie before pulling away in the second, while in Jamie and Alex's 3 setter "whoever started the set faster went on to win it".

Final Rankings:

  1. Charles Elton 10.2 [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Jamie Riggs-long 9.1 [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Alex Dupee [W1, L2] 3
  4. Liz Sheehan [W1, L2] 3
  5. Sam Gold [W1, L2] 3
  6. Nicholas Konstantinides [L3]
  7. Neeraj Pathak [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentSam Gold bt Liz Sheehan (Aug 16) 4-5, 4-2, 4-1

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable game despite the weather. Opted for short sets which worked well as otherwise we would not have finished in time."  -- Sam
Reveal CommentJamie Riggs-long bt Alex Dupee (Aug 15) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Close game. Whoever started the set faster went on to win it. "  -- Jamie
Charles Elton bt Jamie Riggs-long (Aug 12) 6-1, 6-4
Alex Dupee bt Nicholas Konstantinides (Aug 9) 6-2, 6-1
Charles Elton bt Alex Dupee (Aug 8) 6-1, 6-1
Charles Elton bt Nicholas Konstantinides (Aug 1) 6-1, 6-0
Charles Elton bt Liz Sheehan (Jul 29) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentJamie Riggs-long bt Sam Gold (Jul 26) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Sam to serve. "  -- Jamie
Jamie Riggs-long bt Nicholas Konstantinides (Jul 25) 6-1, 6-0
Jamie Riggs-long bt Neeraj Pathak (Jul 21) 7-5, 6-1
Charles Elton bt Neeraj Pathak (Jul 19) 6-1, 6-1
Liz Sheehan bt Jamie Riggs-long (Jul 18) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

Match of the Group:

Charles Elton bt Sam Gold (Jul 17) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Group Summary:

Two league debutants made their mark at the top of Group 4 in a generally low scoring group, with Joshua's 2 wins securing a 2 point lead over runner up Christine. Only 3 matches were played and these were all straight sets, while 3 players sadly didn't get out the starting blocks... don't forget to let us know if you're struggling to arrange matches so we can try to help!

Final Rankings:

  1. Joshua Lutzno [W2] 4 WINNER
  2. Christine Kim [W1, L1] 2 RUNNER UP
  3. ANNMARIE MCGANN [L1]
  4. Simon Eccles [L1]
  5. Alex Covella
  6. John McGrath
  7. Troy Edwards 10.1

Match Results:

Joshua Lutzno bt Christine Kim (Aug 15) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentJoshua Lutzno bt Simon Eccles (Jul 19) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Pleasant game on a beautiful evening. Simon had some great returns and a few great passing shots."  -- Joshua

Match of the Group:

Christine Kim bt ANNMARIE MCGANN (Jul 13) 4-1, 4-0