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Collapse AllSt Albans & Harpenden Singles - Round 43 | Thursday 16 January 2020 to Wednesday 11 March 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 12 February 2020)

Current Rankings:

  1. Pavel Novotny 7.1 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Andy Shanks 8.1 [W1] 2
  3. Laurence Hubbard 7.1 [W1, L1] 2
  4. Kevin Lomas 9.2 [L1]
  5. Andrew De Csillery 7.2 [L3]
  6. Kevin Bocker 7.2 [L1]
  7. Liam Baldwin 6.1 withdrawn

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAndy Shanks bt Andrew De Csillery (Feb 22) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent match with both Andrew and I playing at a high level. Andrew came out firing in the second set and it could have easily gone either way with lots of breaks of serve. Very enjoyable, well played Andrew."  -- Andy
Reveal CommentLaurence Hubbard bt Andrew De Csillery (Feb 20) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Crisp hitting from both at various points. I managed to get some momentum after several long grinding games to start the first set. Andrew served for the 2nd set twice but I managed to keep the scoreline close and clinch the tie break. Until next time!"  -- Laurence
Reveal CommentPavel Novotny bt Andrew De Csillery (Feb 15) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "We all know what a great player Andrew is and the scoreline makes no sense. I thoroughly enjoyed the match, great, honest, quality tennis, as always. I think Andrew hit more winners than I, the only thing that let Andrew down today was too many unforced errors. I am sure it will be a lot tighter next time. Thanks Andrew and best of luck in your next matches. "  -- Pavel
Reveal CommentPavel Novotny bt Laurence Hubbard (Feb 5) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Always a good game with Laurence. First not indicative of the score at all, it was much tighter, with most games going to deuce and Laurence hitting some awesome winners, which often reduced me to being a ball boy. In the second set, Laurence continued to win some great winners, but unforced errors kept creeping in. Had it not been for those, it would have been a much tighter score. Thanks Laurence. Great match!"  -- Pavel
Reveal CommentPavel Novotny bt Kevin Bocker (Feb 4) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Wow. What an epic match lasting well over 2 hours with nearly every single game going to deuce. Kevin raced into a 3:0 and 4:1 in the opener and then broke the string on his racket, having to play with a different make, which might have contributed to my turnaround to 5:4 and ultimately taking the set 7:5. Second set was no different in terms of intensity, every single game going to deuce, I just found myself on the lucky side of taking most of them. Great, honest, quality tennis. We were both knackered. And not to mention, that Kevin is a really really nice guy and we had lovely chat throughout the match. Thanks Kevin. Until next time"  -- Pavel
Reveal CommentPavel Novotny bt Kevin Lomas (Jan 23) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great playing Kevin after a long time, always a good match. Score not at all indicative of how competitive the match was. Great shots and fast pace, loved it. I think I was a bit lucky that Kevin hadn't been playing before our match else could have easily been a 3-setter and who knows who would have taken it. Thanks Kevin. Pleasure as always"  -- Pavel

Current Rankings:

  1. Phil Chin 7.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Christopher Perry 8.1 [W2, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Miles Robinson 7.2 [W2, L1] 5
  4. James Duncan 10.1 [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Brandon Baldwin [W2] 4
  6. Dave Martell 8.2 [L4] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Richard Washbrook 7.1 [W1, L1] withdrawn 2
  8. Gustavo Farina [L1] withdrawn 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMiles Robinson bt Dave Martell (Feb 17) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thankfully we were able to avoid the weather with an indoor court at Gosling for the usual three setter between me and Dave. The first set started tightly but then Dave ran away with it - his dangerous forehand and serving were in good working order and I couldn't find a way to deal with them. The second set was really the key: at 3-3 and then 4-3 to me it could easily have gone Dave's way, but I hung in there and found a way to level the match. The third set started in the same vein, going to 2-2 before fatigue kicked in and I took a 5-2 lead. Even then Dave threatened to come back, but I was able to stay ahead for a hard fought win, played (as ever) in an excellent spirit."  -- Miles
Reveal CommentPhil Chin bt James Duncan (Feb 12) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really tough match against James, first set went with serve until the momentum shifted my way, managing to take a break at 4-2 and hold to take the set. Momentum shift the other way as James raced into a 3-0 second set lead and had break points for 4-0, which I managed to save, eventually managing to break back and had break points to lead 5-4. James subsequently saved these and broke to take the set 6-4. By this point the fatigue and unforced error count was rising and I managed to maintain consistency to outlast and come through the final set 6-1. Very competitive match, lots of big forehand rallies, glad to come through it!"  -- Phil
Brandon Baldwin bt James Duncan (Feb 11) 6-2, 7-5
Reveal CommentMiles Robinson bt Christopher Perry (Feb 8) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Chris and I played our usual exhausting three setter at Harpenden. From 2-2 in the first set, Chris stepped up his level and deservedly took the first set 6-2. I was able to edge ahead in the second set and close it out 6-4 despite Chris threatening to come back. The third set was nip and tuck all the way: I was slightly ahead for most of it but couldn't close out from 5-4 and 6-5, so we headed into a tie break. I took an early lead at 4-1 and looked to be running away with it, then Chris came back to 5-4. I just about held my nerve to close out 7-5! Another great game, full of long rallies (some more mid court than was ideal!) and plenty of winners from each side."  -- Miles
Brandon Baldwin bt Christopher Perry (Feb 7) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentJames Duncan bt Dave Martell (Feb 4) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "One helluva 1st set! Cheers James."  -- Dave
Reveal CommentPhil Chin bt Miles Robinson (Feb 2) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "This was a really tricky match played in very testing windy conditions, the wind played havoc with service games and judging shot length. Breaks aplenty and I just about managed to raise my level to take control of the 1st set before the momentum shifted in the 2nd and I was unable to claw back the break, Miles winning a seemingly never ending service game of a thousand deuces (!) to take the set. That lengthy game seemed to shift the momentum back in my favour and I was able to control the final set to take the match. A hard match and one I'm glad to get through! "  -- Phil
Reveal CommentPhil Chin bt Richard Washbrook (Jan 26) 6-4, 1-0 Richard Washbrook Retired

Player Comments:

  • "We've had several matches over the last few years, generally hard fought, competitive, brutal matches. Sadly on this occasion injury cut short this match, Richie suffering a shoulder/back injury. It was a tight first set with several breaks which I managed to come through as the injury impacted Richie's big serve. Real shame and hopefully the injury heals soon!"  -- Phil
Reveal CommentRichard Washbrook bt Christopher Perry (Jan 25) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Cracking match with Chris and one I was fortunate to get the W. I got ahead in the first and closed it out. The second was a bit up and down with Chris getting a good lead, I came back at 4-4 when Chris really upped his game. The next 2 games was full of long gruelling points, I was pretty much staying in the points and Chris was the aggressor and literally ran me off my feet. Some top tennis to win the set. Third set was a mix of hard hitting rallies and points neither wanted to lose again we ended up at 4-4. I was 0-30 down on my serve and held which I got out away with as I was playing some tight stuff and Chris was unlucky with a few shots. Nice to play Chris again he played really well and probably the better player today."  -- Richard
Reveal CommentPhil Chin bt Dave Martell (Jan 23) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great, competitive match played in a good spirit in tricky conditions. Always a testing match against Dave and this was no different. Managed to overturn a 3-5 deficit to take the 1st set and find a run of games in the 2nd to take the match. Lots of testing cross court forehands from Dave caused problems! Till next match!"  -- Phil
Reveal CommentChristopher Perry bt Dave Martell (Jan 21) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Always a great game. I was on particularly good form today but this said it was still a close match with some very long rallies and good running on both sides of the net. Dave was hitting some big winners in our third friendly set which could have tipped the match the other way if they'd come sooner."  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentChristopher Perry bt Gustavo Farina (Jan 19) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "As always a great game with Gustavo. A typical group 2 battle of momentum shifts!"  -- Christopher

Current Rankings:

  1. David Mincer 8.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Louisa Haszard [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Gytis Lenkauskas [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Thang To [W2] 4
  5. Jeff Robinson 9.1 [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Uday Radia [L3]
  7. Dainius Lenkauskas

Match Results:

Reveal CommentLouisa Haszard bt Uday Radia (Feb 15) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely match with some great rallies. Thanks Uday, good luck for your future matches and look forward to playing you again! Louisa"  -- Louisa
Reveal CommentDavid Mincer bt Gytis Lenkauskas (Feb 8) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Gruelling match, particularly the first set which lasted over an hour. I raced into a 3 0 lead, then led 5 2 but Gytis has incredible court coverage and it felt like everything was coming back! Tie break was topsy turvy, I managed to hang on to take it 8 6. Clearly the key, had Gytis taken this set the scoreline may well have flipped on its head! Thanks for hosting Gytis, really enjoyable match, until next time................"  -- David
Reveal CommentGytis Lenkauskas bt Jeff Robinson (Feb 3) 6-0, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Despite the whitewash first set, this was a very hard fought match. The first four games of the match all went to deuce multiple times, with Gytis prevailing to record a whitewash first set. From the off in the second set, and serving first, I managed a couple of aces, and served well for the rest of the match. There were breaks of serve both ways, and we continued to have a great many deuce situations. In one game alone we estimated we returned to deuce perhaps 10 times (although we both lost count). Ultimately a far closer second set was concluded with a tiebreak, won by Gytis. Thanks for a great match Gytis, it was a pleasure to be involved in it. Good luck with future matches. Regards," -- Jeff
Gytis Lenkauskas bt Louisa Haszard (Feb 1) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
Reveal CommentJeff Robinson bt Uday Radia (Feb 1) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable and very sporting encounter, and far more evenly matched than the score would suggest. There were many good rallies, and some good shot making from both players. Good luck with future matches Uday, and thanks for making the trip to HLTC....Look forward to playing again in future leagues, regards Jeff."  -- Jeff
Thang To bt Gytis Lenkauskas (Jan 26) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentDavid Mincer bt Uday Radia (Jan 26) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Much more competitive than the score line suggests. Good match played in good spirits. Best of luck with the rest of your matches Uday! Until next time...……….."  -- David
Reveal CommentThang To bt Jeff Robinson (Jan 23) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The match was quite even despite the scoreline - there are many deuces, many 40-30. Jeff looked very technical, if he could get more consistency it would have been a completely different match. Thanks for coming and all the best with your remaining matches Jeff. "  -- Thang
Reveal CommentDavid Mincer bt Jeff Robinson (Jan 21) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Nowhere near as one-sided as score line suggests! Jeff has only recently started playing Tennis again after 7 years out. Has all the shots but unsurprisingly lacks a bit of consistency. Being incredibly hard on himself after the game but I'm absolutely convinced that if you stick at it Jeff, and we play again in 12 months time, it would be a different match altogether. Best of luck for the rest of the round and thanks for hosting!"  -- David
Louisa Haszard bt Jeff Robinson (Jan 20) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentDavid Mincer bt Louisa Haszard (Jan 19) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure to play Louisa. On a beautiful, sunny (but very very cold) morning in Harpenden! The sun caused both of us huge problems at one end, I managed to nick one game at that end in the 1st set and this proved to be the difference. Definitely feel like the score line flattered me today, we are quite evenly matched as past encounters have shown. But as previously said, always a pleasure to play Louisa, I look forward to the next meeting! Best of luck with your remaining games Louisa!"  -- David

Current Rankings:

  1. Ashley Guinn 8.2 [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Leslie Okomi 8.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Jonathan Sandars 9.1 [W1, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. David Tasker 10.1 [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Angela Anastasiou 10.1 [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Matt Ralph 9.1 [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAshley Guinn bt Angela Anastasiou (Feb 23) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "We played on the green clay courts at Gosling, which are actually pretty decent. Really enjoyable match with some great rallies. Thanks so much for hosting Angie."  -- Ashley
Reveal CommentLeslie Okomi bt David Tasker (Feb 10) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The scores in the first set does not reflect the level of play, I got an early break but David broke back. There were a lot of deuces and I won most of the vital points. I served out the first serve. The second set started with me getting an early break by which time I was reading David's serve and game quickly. Thanks for a good game and also booking the court. "  -- Leslie
Reveal CommentAshley Guinn bt Jonathan Sandars (Feb 8) 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was a very tough match, which went on over two days. Jonathan's game is so tricky, he had me running all over the court, up and down, side to side etc. As we are both quite fast, there were a lot of long rallies with a different variety of shots. The first two sets were very competitive. The third set was also neck and neck with a lot of long deuce games, then at 3-3, I don't really know what happened. It could have gone either way really. Thanks for the game Jonathan. :)"  -- Ashley
Reveal CommentAngela Anastasiou bt Matt Ralph (Feb 8) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match that was very close. Matt and I were neck and neck through out the match, each breaking each others serves a few times in the first set until I was able to pull ahead. The second set was even closer and went to 6-6 so we played a tie break to decide the set I really did not want a third set! and by luck more than skill I just pipped Matt at 7-5 in the tie break. Thanks for the game Matt and good luck in the rest of your games"  -- Angela
Reveal CommentLeslie Okomi bt Angela Anastasiou (Feb 5) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "I had a good start breaking Angela in the first game and held a 3-0 lead then she broke back. There were a lot of deuce games and I won most of the vital points. I took the first set and the second was in a similar way we both had a break of serve each at the start till i got settled and was finding more of my first serves. Great credit to Angela as she managed to return some of my serves. Really enjoyable game look forward to playing against you in the future. All the best with the rest of your matches. "  -- Leslie
Reveal CommentAshley Guinn bt Matt Ralph (Feb 2) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was a fun, energetic match, played at Harpenden tennis club. A lot of high quality rallies, and a lot of games went to deuce. Matt got off to a good start, taking a 2-0. I think from there, it was a case of me winning the important points. I was also quite aggressive on return today, which won me a lot of free points. Thanks for the game Matt!"  -- Ashley
Reveal CommentLeslie Okomi bt Jonathan Sandars (Jan 29) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A lot of rallies in the first set and duece games. I had a wobble while serving to stay in the set and Jonathan took the first set. Second set was in a similar fashion break of serve each the i managed to break and win the second. Final shoot out set was tight as there were a lot of duece games and rallies till i managed to get a double break but Jonathan got one break back and i held serve to win this match. Thanks for an enjoyable match it was played in good spirit and I hope we get the chance to play again and good luck with the rest of your matches. "  -- Leslie
Reveal CommentAshley Guinn bt David Tasker (Jan 29) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was nice to play David. We got kicked out from the bubble and ended up playing on clay instead, but still really nice courts. I managed to get into quite a rhythm in the first set. I feel like in the second set, David played a bit more freely, and I tightened up a bit, thinking about potentially losing another match in three sets after winning the first set. But I managed to avoid that. David mentioned it was like playing a wall. I guess it can be helpful to have long arms. >.< Thanks for the game David! "  -- Ashley
Reveal CommentDavid Tasker bt Angela Anastasiou (Jan 27) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "This game, played at two venues, lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes. It was the longest three-setter either of us had ever played. The first set lasted 1hr 25 minutes. It really was a war of attrition at times. Lengthy rallies punctuated by some great winners by Angela. We had to stop after the first two sets and I suspect Angela would have won had we continued. The change of venue really favoured me as it allowed me to regroup and regain my composure. Great fun!"  -- David
Reveal CommentJonathan Sandars bt David Tasker (Jan 27) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "A really good intro to the new round with a close, competitive match against David. the first set was closer than the score suggests, and then the second was very tightly fought. David pulled out some terrific serves, and got nearly everything back over the net, but i managed to get the extra few points for the win. Thanks for the game David - good luck for the rest of the round."  -- Jonathan
Reveal CommentLeslie Okomi bt Ashley Guinn (Jan 19) 1-6, 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Having played Ashley a couple of times I knew I had to be patient and minimise my unforced errors. Ashley had a better start and took the first set, the second set was close as there were a couple of break of serve then I managed to serve it out. The third set was intense as we both raised our games at which point I was making less errors. Thanks Ashley for a good match, was enjoyable. "  -- Leslie
Reveal CommentDavid Tasker bt Matt Ralph (Jan 18) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable close game with loads of deuce points and some great fun rallies. Matt and I have played a couple of times before and it’s been close before so today was par for the course. Thank you Matt for the great match."  -- David

Current Rankings:

  1. Richard Egemba 8.2 [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Rupert Ting 10.2 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Simon Mavin [W3] 6
  4. Christopher Lowe 10.1 [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Joe Bonfante [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Georgina Self [L4]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentSimon Mavin bt Georgina Self (Feb 21) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Georgina and I met bright and early for a 7am start. Perhaps it was no surprise that we took a while to get going! Some good rallies at the net, exchanging vollies. Thanks for a fun game Georgina and good luck for your last match. "  -- Simon
Richard Egemba bt Georgina Self (Feb 17) 6-2, 6-4
Reveal CommentSimon Mavin bt Rupert Ting (Feb 16) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable game. The score doesn’t reflect the competitive nature of the match. Rupert and I both took our time to get into the game but once we had warmed up we traded some good rallies. Thanks for the game Rupert. "  -- Simon
Reveal CommentSimon Mavin bt Joe Bonfante (Feb 9) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A competitive match played in good spirit. The turning point was in the 8th game of the first set when at 4-3 up, after several deuces I managed to grind out the game. Had Joe won that game I think it may have been a very different outcome. Good luck for the rest of the round Joe. "  -- Simon
Reveal CommentChristopher Lowe bt Richard Egemba (Feb 8) 1-6, 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you for the game. Some good rallies and I was pleased to have come back after the first set!"  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentChristopher Lowe bt Georgina Self (Feb 8) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thank your for the game Georgina. A very nice way to spend a bright Saturday morning. Some nice rallies."  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentRichard Egemba bt Joe Bonfante (Jan 31) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Joe has improved since we last played, and he did have a very good start, leading on the first set. However, I think the key was me staying mentally strong which helped my game immensely. Thanks Joe, great host, great sport."  -- Richard
Reveal CommentJoe Bonfante bt Rupert Ting (Jan 26) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Pleasure meeting Rupert, really great guy. Good match, some excellent shots, lots of effort and evenly matched."  -- Joe
Reveal CommentRupert Ting bt Georgina Self (Jan 25) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Score might look one sided, but there were a couple of deuces on both our service games, and Georgina was impressive on the rallies - I was on the run a fair few times!"  -- Rupert
Reveal CommentRupert Ting bt Christopher Lowe (Jan 25) 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It was a fun match! A tight affair, with plenty of deuces and some nice service games from both Chris and I especially on the first set. Luckily the points went my way this time."  -- Rupert
Reveal CommentRichard Egemba bt Rupert Ting (Jan 19) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Rupert gave me the biggest scare and has clearly improved since our last encounter. I definitely lost my serve and confidence and had to rely on overcoming Rupert's serve and rally exchanges. I enjoyed playing Rupert and he was a absolute gentleman. Look forward to our next encounter."  -- Richard