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Collapse AllGDT Slough Singles - Round 18 | Thursday 16 January 2020 to Wednesday 11 March 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 12 February 2020)

Two thirds of all the possible matches were played in this wintry round - which is heart warming and we suspect body warming too! Thank you so much for your commitment to the leagues and our brand of friendly, competitve tennis. Hope to see you back on court before too long.

Group Summary:

This could really have been several players' group but it was Phil who kept his nerve, avenged his couple of defeats but playing all his matches (winning the others) and picked up bonus points. It's a shame we didn't see the match between Bernardo (who also had an excellent round) but he has the consolation of the silver position thanks to getting the better of Falco (who tied him on points) in their head-to-head. Well played all, a great top group!

Final Rankings:

  1. Phil Nash [W4, L2] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Bernardo Francisco Contrera Jimenez [W4] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Falco Niekoop 8.1 [W3, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Sandeep Minhas [W2, L2, UF1] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Marc Chan 7.2 [W2, L1, UF1] 6
  6. John Ryley [W1, L4] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Randeep Bahia 10.1 [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPhil Nash bt Marc Chan (Mar 7) 6-4, 6-7, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "The cubs turning up meant we had to stop... tbc"  -- Marc
  • "A 5pm restart at 3-4 where I came out of the blocks strong and took the first 3 games. The 2nd set we were happy to rally; Marc and I both looping balls back on the forehand, Marc switching me side to side while I regularly sliced a backhand and chopped a forehand. At 5-5 it was time for the floodlights and Marc did well to close the Tie-Break. 3rd set I managed a strong 5-1 lead. Our matches produce the longest rallies since a big part of our games are running down and getting those balls back in. Cheers Marc, it was yet another Aerobic match, keeping us fit at our age (Ahem)," -- Phil
Reveal CommentMarc Chan bt John Ryley (Mar 1) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A sunny day for once on newly cleaned sparkling courts but with a blustery wind to freshen things up. I was 15-40 in 3 service games in the first set and John had me but I managed to hold on all 3 occasions... had they gone the other way it may well have been John’s set..."  -- Marc
Bernardo Francisco Contrera Jimenez bt Sandeep Minhas (Mar 1) 7-5, 6-3
Reveal CommentMarc Chan bt Falco Niekoop (Feb 24) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure catching up with Falco. And thanks to him for suggesting and booking an indoor court in High Wycombe. So much nicer than outside in the current weather... the 2nd set was in Falco’s hands as he had a break but I managed to scramble back, a couple of net cords were cruel but to my benefit. We squeezed in a 3rd set as we had time..."  -- Marc
Reveal CommentPhil Nash bt John Ryley (Feb 23) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The Iver Heath courts had much more grip after a deep clean. I think first game to John and next 6 to me first set. In the 2nd set john had 40 love to go 4-3 up but i managed that and the nex two games for 6-3. A few too many un forced errors for John but I always try to make players play one more shot as I was chipping it back in mostly. Cheers John. "  -- Phil
Reveal CommentMarc Chan v Sandeep Minhas (Feb 21) 4-6, 6-3, 6-6 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "The wind was the winner. Must’ve been gusting 30 knots at times and the ball was “going round corners”... made for some very interesting and entertaining points..."  -- Marc
Bernardo Francisco Contrera Jimenez bt Falco Niekoop (Feb 19) 6-2, 7-5
Reveal CommentBernardo Francisco Contrera Jimenez bt Phil Nash (Feb 13) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "5-4 in 3rd set, Advantage Bernardo, then the lights went out (because agreement with residents means they're on a shutdown). A great match so far lasting 2 and a quarter hours. The first set I went 3 love up through positive forehands. The 2nd set Bernardo got into his stride. Third set was going Bernardos way at 4-2 and I clawed back to 4 all. At 5-4 I had 15-40 for 5 all but Bernardo got to deuce then the darned lights went out on his second match point. Thanks so far Bernardo and we will see how the rest of the league progresses whether we need to finish it ?"  -- Phil
  • "Since we both turned up for a club night yesterday (Thurs 13th) we managed to resume at advantage Bernardo. 3 points later it was Game, Set, Match Bernardo. The lights stayed on!" -- Phil
Reveal CommentFalco Niekoop bt Randeep Bahia (Feb 12) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "We were blessed with a lovely evening at MLTC where the wind didn't intervene with the match and the temperature was rather nice for the time of year. We played on acrylic under the floodlights and I started the first set with not holding serve until my 3rd service game as Randeep was returning well and my double fault count was way too high. It took me until 3-3 to finally find some rythm and I didn't look back ever since. Sorry to serve you a bagel Randeep :)"  -- Falco
Reveal CommentFalco Niekoop bt John Ryley (Feb 8) 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "In windy conditions we still managed to put on a decent match. In the first set I quickly accelerated to 4-1 and John somehow forced me to play a tiebreaker which he won. I was playing a bit more freely in the 2nd and was able to keep up my level of holding serve and hitting winners overall. In the deciding set there were no breaks of serve until 5-5 where I succeeded to break John's serve after one zillion dueces. In the final game I served 3 first serves to give me a 40-0 lead. John crawled back to 40-30 but was unlucky in the end as his forehand went into the net on the last match point. "  -- Falco
Reveal CommentSandeep Minhas bt Falco Niekoop (Feb 6) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "I managed to get an early break up and from then on the first set largely went with serve as I managed to hold on to the solitary break. I started the 2nd set solidly again going 2-0 up but Falco pegged the score back and went 5-3 up to serve for the set. I was fortunately able to hang on and claw it back to take the set. A tough game as always, with most of the good tennis coming from Falco! Cheers for the game!"  -- Sandeep
John Ryley bt Randeep Bahia (Feb 2) 6-4, 6-1
Reveal CommentPhil Nash bt Sandeep Minhas (Feb 1) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The backhand was working better today and I fancied hitting harder and blocking/chipping less in very blustery conditions. Plus Falco made me upset😅 Cheers Sandeep."  -- Phil
Reveal CommentFalco Niekoop bt Phil Nash (Jan 28) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Another 3 setter with finally my first win over Phil. A lot of games went to deuce with a lot of slicing and dicing to win the point. Believe it or not, but I was 2-0 up in the first and then Phil was able to take the next 6 games before I realised what was going on! Point of the match was my Federer-like backhand smash down the line when Phil tried lobbing me. Thanks for another majestic majestic match Phil!"  -- Falco
Reveal CommentSandeep Minhas bt John Ryley (Jan 26) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A very close match with some typically long rallies. I managed to get an early break and just about stay ahead despite John almost coming back and forcing a tie break. John started the 2nd set quicker and immediately went up a break but I hung on to get it back to 3-3 before an unfortunate heavy fall for John at 4-4. I was able to hang on to take the set. Thanks for the match, John... I can finally savour a first win!"  -- Sandeep
Reveal CommentPhil Nash bt Randeep Bahia (Jan 20) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Sub zero temperatures meant we both left the short and wide balls alone as the frost was descending. But we got it played. Cheers Randeep, nice to meet. Phil"  -- Phil
Bernardo Francisco Contrera Jimenez bt Randeep Bahia (Jan 18) 6-2, 6-0

Group Summary:

A brilliant and competitve second group sees Marina scoop the top prize even though Stephen playing the bonus point joker, caught her up on points. But this really was Marina's round. In her first-ever outing GDT Slough League (she's played in many a High Wycombe round) she really made her mark. Well played Marina and Stephen for making it so close (and playing all your matches.)

Final Rankings:

  1. Marina Lyons [W5] 10 WINNER
  2. Stephen Wade [W4, L3] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Sukhveer Dhillon [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Luke Beckley 9.2 [W2, L1] 4
  5. Rory Nosworthy [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Hellinda Smith [L4]
  7. Peter Howells [L1]
  8. Shane Broderick [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentLuke Beckley bt Sukhveer Dhillon (Mar 11) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great to get this played and well played with the wind!"  -- Luke
Reveal CommentLuke Beckley bt Stephen Wade (Mar 8) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game in some challenging wind conditions!"  -- Luke
Reveal CommentMarina Lyons bt Hellinda Smith (Mar 4) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Loved being on court with Hellinda! And this lovely lady is absolutely gem handing a very special hand-made tennis cards! Very special "  -- Marina
Reveal CommentStephen Wade bt Rory Nosworthy (Mar 1) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A close match with some great rallies. Tough in the wind. Thanks for the game Rory."  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentStephen Wade bt Hellinda Smith (Feb 29) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Tough match in the windy conditions. But good to get it played. Thanks for the game Hellinda."  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentMarina Lyons bt Luke Beckley (Feb 26) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game and we managed to avoid the rain! Let’s have rematch some times "  -- Marina

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMarina Lyons bt Sukhveer Dhillon (Feb 23) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great 2 hour battle - very enjoyable and we even got the sun coming out at some point. Long rallies, very enjoyable match "  -- Marina
Reveal CommentStephen Wade bt Shane Broderick (Feb 22) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A tough match in challenging conditions. But some great rallies. Thanks for the match Shane."  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentSukhveer Dhillon bt Stephen Wade (Feb 8) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you to Stephen for playing last minute. A tough match with quite a few games going to deuce. Good luck in the rest of your matches Stephen."  -- Sukhveer
Reveal CommentMarina Lyons bt Stephen Wade (Feb 8) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match - despite the windy conditions and a solid yellow brick for the net "  -- Marina
Reveal CommentRory Nosworthy bt Hellinda Smith (Feb 1) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Windy old day. Always a good sporit3d game with helinda "  -- Rory
Reveal CommentSukhveer Dhillon bt Hellinda Smith (Jan 30) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "As always, a pleasure to play Hellinda. A lot of games going to deuce. The wind picked up a lot towards the end which made conditions more difficult. Good luck in the rest of your matches Hellinda."  -- Sukhveer
Reveal CommentSukhveer Dhillon bt Rory Nosworthy (Jan 26) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good to play Rory again. Good luck in the rest of your matches."  -- Sukhveer
Reveal CommentMarina Lyons bt Rory Nosworthy (Jan 25) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Rory - great match and a fab work out in the cold January evening - great running!"  -- Marina
Reveal CommentStephen Wade bt Peter Howells (Jan 25) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A really tight second set with some tricky shots from Peter. Thanks for the game."  -- Stephen