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Collapse AllWaterlow Park Singles - Round 31 | Thursday 18 July 2019 to Wednesday 11 September 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 14 August 2019)

A whopping eighty percent of matches was played in our much-loved Waterlow Park league. We take our hats off to you for making park tennis such a success. Here's to the next round!

Group Summary:

Three players tied on points at the top of this very tight group and that meant the sort of recourse to the rule book that would tax the minds of the Supreme Court. But no need to prorogue the round, we have a winner! As Daniel beat both Christophe and Tom (even though one of the matches was a walkover), the round swings in his favour. A round of applause to all three and the chasing pack!

Final Rankings:

  1. Daniel Petersen [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Christophe Bellonie [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Tom Molyneux [W5, L2] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  4. George Stewart 8.1 [W2, L3, UF1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Dodi Manitou [W2, L4] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Mat Law 10.1 [W1, L3, UF1] 5
  7. Paul Hillier [L4] 2
  8. Pierre Benoit [L3]

Match Results:

George Stewart v Mat Law (Sep 9) 6-3, 4-6 TBC

Match of the Group:

Dodi Manitou bt Mat Law (Sep 8) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
Tom Molyneux bt Mat Law (Sep 7) 6-3, 6-4
Tom Molyneux bt Pierre Benoit (Sep 1) 6-3, 6-4
Mat Law bt Paul Hillier (Sep 1) 1-6, 6-3, 6-0
George Stewart bt Paul Hillier (Aug 25) 6-4, 6-0
Tom Molyneux bt Paul Hillier (Aug 24) 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
Daniel Petersen bt Tom Molyneux (Aug 23) Walkover
Daniel Petersen bt Mat Law (Aug 23) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Dodi Manitou bt Pierre Benoit (Aug 13) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentChristophe Bellonie bt Pierre Benoit (Aug 11) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The French open final! Windy, windy"  -- Christophe
Reveal CommentChristophe Bellonie bt Paul Hillier (Aug 10) 7-6 (7-1), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A nice game with Paul despite the wind A very tight first set"  -- Christophe
Christophe Bellonie bt Dodi Manitou (Aug 8) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentTom Molyneux bt George Stewart (Aug 5) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really close game - George started strong and then lost a bit of momentum in the second set - overall some great tennis played! "  -- Tom
Reveal CommentDaniel Petersen bt Christophe Bellonie (Aug 2) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match some good rallies nice 1 handed backhand and topspin serve from Christophe "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentChristophe Bellonie bt George Stewart (Aug 1) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A lot of fun and great rallies throughout but Chris just has a way of winning nearly all of them! "  -- George
Reveal CommentDaniel Petersen bt George Stewart (Jul 31) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match great first set"  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentChristophe Bellonie bt Tom Molyneux (Jul 30) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice a game in very adverse weather condition.."  -- Christophe
Daniel Petersen bt Dodi Manitou (Jul 26) 6-2, 6-2
Tom Molyneux bt Dodi Manitou (Jul 23) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
Reveal CommentGeorge Stewart bt Dodi Manitou (Jul 21) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Brilliant playing with Dodi today. Well matched and competitive throughout. I think I was just more in practice. "  -- George

Group Summary:

What a cracking group! Fittingly, it all came down to one classic match (one of the matches of the summer in fact). When Kevin and Eric locked horns, though they didn't know it then, they were deciding who would be the group winner. It went, just, Kevin's way! Well done to both and to everyone who contributed to this excellent group.

Final Rankings:

  1. Kevin Matthews 10.1 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Eric Liknaitzky [W5, L1] 11 RUNNER UP
  3. Stefan Vogel [W4, L1] 8
  4. Thomas Steare 9.2 [W3, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Robert Molesworth 8.2 [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Roberto Raio 9.2 [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Oliver Coddington 9.2 [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Eric Liknaitzky bt Stefan Vogel (Sep 10) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentStefan Vogel bt Roberto Raio (Sep 6) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Roberto! "  -- Stefan
Reveal CommentKevin Matthews bt Robert Molesworth (Sep 6) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "The match was much closer than the scoreline suggest with some great rallies. Thanks for the game Robert, I really enjoyed it."  -- Kevin
Eric Liknaitzky bt Oliver Coddington (Sep 5) 6-2, 6-4
Reveal CommentStefan Vogel bt Thomas Steare (Aug 25) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It was a scorcher today! Real duel in the heat Thomas, enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to playing again"  -- Stefan
Eric Liknaitzky bt Thomas Steare (Aug 23) 6-0, 6-4
Reveal CommentRobert Molesworth bt Oliver Coddington (Aug 21) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good to play Oly again on a lovely sunny morning."  -- Robert
Eric Liknaitzky bt Robert Molesworth (Aug 20) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentThomas Steare bt Roberto Raio (Aug 17) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good match. Robbie had some classy shots, and the score wasn't a fair reflection of the close contest. "  -- Thomas
Reveal CommentStefan Vogel bt Robert Molesworth (Aug 13) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent game Robert! "  -- Stefan
Reveal CommentRobert Molesworth bt Roberto Raio (Aug 11) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, closer than score line suggests and windy conditions. Good to play Roberto again."  -- Robert
Reveal CommentStefan Vogel bt Oliver Coddington (Aug 11) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, some brilliant 20 shot plus rallies! Oly had a 3 love lead and 40-15 in the 2nd set, just managed to claw my way back. "  -- Stefan
Reveal CommentKevin Matthews bt Roberto Raio (Aug 8) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for a great match Roberto in difficult conditions."  -- Kevin
Eric Liknaitzky bt Roberto Raio (Aug 8) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentKevin Matthews bt Oliver Coddington (Aug 6) 6-0, 7-6 (7-2)

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Oliver, really enjoyable. "  -- Kevin
Reveal CommentThomas Steare bt Oliver Coddington (Aug 1) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good enjoyable match with Oly!"  -- Thomas
Reveal CommentThomas Steare bt Robert Molesworth (Jul 29) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match with Rob. Looking forward to playing again."  -- Thomas

Match of the Group:

Kevin Matthews bt Eric Liknaitzky (Jul 26) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
Reveal CommentKevin Matthews bt Thomas Steare (Jul 22) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A really tight match throughout which could have gone either way. The first set lasted over an hour and we had some great long rallies at times. Thanks for the match Thomas, I really enjoyed it!"  -- Kevin

Group Summary:

A great return to the league for Tom who played and won all his matches - from the straightforward to the mighty challenges. Richard, Arina and Beth were all in hot pursuit, but no one could match Tom's performance this round (though that match with Arina was a classic). In the end, Richard got the closest to Tom and bags the silver. Great tennis everyone with just two matches unplayed!

Final Rankings:

  1. Tom Jackson [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Richard Clarke 9.2 [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Arina Piskunova 10.2 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Beth Bonini 9.2 [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Roger Mark [W1, L3, UF1] 4
  6. Patricia Troccoli [W1, L5] 2
  7. Domenico Palmieri [L4, UF1] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentArina Piskunova bt Patricia Troccoli (Sep 10) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "I am to serve "  -- Arina
  • "Thank you Patricia for making the effort to complete the match. Patricia is a very consistent player and rarely makes unprovoked mistakes," -- Arina
Reveal CommentRoger Mark bt Patricia Troccoli (Sep 5) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable game - some good rallies with Patty's baseline game very strong. Glad we managed to finish off the match on what felt like the last summer evening of the year!" -- Roger
Reveal CommentTom Jackson bt Domenico Palmieri (Sep 4) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match in the wind!!!"  -- Tom
Reveal CommentArina Piskunova bt Beth Bonini (Sep 3) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable and close game especially in the first set. Beth plays incredibly well at the net and is a very tenacious player. "  -- Arina
Reveal CommentRichard Clarke bt Patricia Troccoli (Sep 3) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable tennis "  -- Richard
Roger Mark v Domenico Palmieri (Sep 2) 3-6, 7-5 TBC
Beth Bonini bt Roger Mark (Sep 1) 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1
Patricia Troccoli bt Domenico Palmieri (Aug 29) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentBeth Bonini bt Patricia Troccoli (Aug 27) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Really nice match - the games were closer than the score suggests. Patty played lots of deep ground strokes to counteract my net game. "  -- Beth
Reveal CommentRichard Clarke bt Domenico Palmieri (Aug 17) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable game and lovely weather. "  -- Richard
Reveal CommentArina Piskunova bt Roger Mark (Aug 14) 7-6 (7-0), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very close first set with several aces from Roger and great cross court shots. "  -- Arina
Reveal CommentRichard Clarke bt Beth Bonini (Aug 11) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable tennis with some close rallies. "  -- Richard
Reveal CommentBeth Bonini bt Domenico Palmieri (Aug 10) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Despite very windy conditions, we managed to play a fun match. "  -- Beth
Reveal CommentTom Jackson bt Roger Mark (Aug 5) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game, perfect weather! Roger's just finding his way in the league - big things to come once he allies that power and athleticism to a bit more technique :)"  -- Tom
Reveal CommentTom Jackson bt Beth Bonini (Aug 4) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Considering Beth's tennis elbow and festival hangover, she did pretty well at making me work for this match. Some terrific groundstrokes, a willingness to come to the net and deceptively fast first serve all point to Beth playing some serious competitive matches in this league."  -- Tom
Reveal CommentTom Jackson bt Richard Clarke (Aug 3) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Phew - big match! Tiring, long rallies, Richard is the past master at the smash. Loves to mix it up by coming to the net; a complete player. Lovely guy too. Thoroughly enjoyable match, most games went to deuce, both of us finding it tough in the third set!!"  -- Tom
Reveal CommentTom Jackson bt Patricia Troccoli (Aug 1) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Patty never gave up and led in the 2nd set, rattling me for a while. Some long rallies, great deep shots from Patty and luckily we found another court when the battle pushed into a 2nd hour..! Thoroughly enjoyable match :)"  -- Tom

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentTom Jackson bt Arina Piskunova (Jul 30) 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Superb game! Arina disrupted my rhythm in the first set and clawed back from 2 games down to 5-5 and then to claim the tie break. She also played much the better tennis on this occasion, has an incredible capacity to get the ball back and possesses a seriously powerful serve. I was lucky to win this one, I really was :) "  -- Tom
Richard Clarke bt Arina Piskunova (Jul 20) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

Group Summary:

It was Jamie's first time in this league, and what a debut. He played and won all his matches and collected bonus points; judging by his friendly, sporting commentaries these were some lovely encounters. Stephen, who unfortunately had to retire in his match with Jamie, collects the silver, and also on four wins (but without bonus points), Andrew the bronze.

Final Rankings:

  1. Jamie Riggs-long 9.1 [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Stephen Pereira [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Andrew Knapp [W4, L1] 8
  4. Simon Inkpen 10.1 [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. David Aron 9.1 [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Viktorija Kirjanova [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Emma Coates [W1, L1] 3
  8. Sarah Montgomery [L6] 3 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Viktorija Kirjanova bt Sarah Montgomery (Sep 9) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Reveal CommentAndrew Knapp bt Simon Inkpen (Sep 4) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Battle royal in the fading light. Game ebbed and flowed. Played in a good spirit."  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentAndrew Knapp bt David Aron (Sep 4) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable game. Both players had moments of magic. The sun came and went."  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentJamie Riggs-long bt Stephen Pereira (Aug 30) 7-5 Stephen Pereira Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Had to come back from a 0-4 deficit in that opening set. Unfortunately Stephen was unable to continue. "  -- Jamie
Simon Inkpen bt David Aron (Aug 29) 6-3, 6-4
Reveal CommentAndrew Knapp bt Sarah Montgomery (Aug 29) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Sarah is lovely and her tennis is great"  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentJamie Riggs-long bt Andrew Knapp (Aug 27) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good friendly game against Andrew. Lots of ebbs and flows through out. Happy to be playing in the shade given the recent weather! "  -- Jamie
Reveal CommentDavid Aron bt Viktorija Kirjanova (Aug 12) 6-0, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "There was heavy rain during the afternoon and we nearly cancelled the match. However as Viktorija was going away the next day we risked it and we were able to play our match. Viktorija has a great serve but in the first set she did not really get into her stride. In the second set we were 5-5 and I was lucky to win the set. Viktorija has the potential to be a really good player!"  -- David
Reveal CommentStephen Pereira bt Simon Inkpen (Aug 11) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A close match with some really long rallies and lots of deuce games, could have gone either way. Thanks for the game!"  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentStephen Pereira bt Viktorija Kirjanova (Aug 9) 6-0, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A pretty close and enjoyable match on a warm blustery day. Viktorija started to get the upper hand in the second set with some amazing second serve aces but I just managed to hold on!"  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentAndrew Knapp bt Viktorija Kirjanova (Aug 8) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, great sun, great fun"  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentStephen Pereira bt Sarah Montgomery (Aug 8) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable game in the sunshine, thanks Sarah!"  -- Stephen
Simon Inkpen bt Sarah Montgomery (Aug 6) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentJamie Riggs-long bt Sarah Montgomery (Aug 1) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Lots of really good rallies. Pleasure to meet you, Sarah. "  -- Jamie
Reveal CommentEmma Coates bt Viktorija Kirjanova (Jul 29) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyed meeting and playing Viktorija. It was a pretty even match and she served some fantastic aces. I think we can both be proud of ourselves! Thanks for playing Viktorija!"  -- Emma
Reveal CommentJamie Riggs-long bt Simon Inkpen (Jul 28) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyed this game, great sportsmanship and fair play. "  -- Jamie
Reveal CommentJamie Riggs-long bt Emma Coates (Jul 27) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Braved light rain throughout the second set and damp courts throughout. Well matched and well played! "  -- Jamie
Reveal CommentJamie Riggs-long bt Viktorija Kirjanova (Jul 24) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good game with Viktorija who has an excellent serve. Was lucky today to get her in her first match. Well played! "  -- Jamie
David Aron bt Sarah Montgomery (Jul 23) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentJamie Riggs-long bt David Aron (Jul 22) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Hard fought win, momentum swings back and forth throughout. "  -- Jamie
Reveal CommentStephen Pereira bt David Aron (Jul 21) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Well-matched game today with a long first set and good rallies, thanks David"  -- Stephen

Group Summary:

Rachel could have made this five wins out of five but this was the group of unfinished matches (we suspect Karen and Pedro are still playing their match on some far-away corner of Waterlow Park!). But four good wins and bonus points was plenty good enough to allow Rachel the group win in style! Pedro took the lead amongst the chasing pack and takes the silver.

Final Rankings:

  1. Rachel Lock [W4, UF1] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Pedro Mendes [L1, UF3] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Vince Pope [W1, UF1] 3
  4. Karen Revel-Chion [L2, UF2] 2
  5. Heidi Pereira [L1, UF2] 1
  6. Valerie Doulton 10.2 [L1, UF1] withdrawn

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentRachel Lock bt Karen Revel-Chion (Aug 30) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyably game in perfect conditions making the most of the summer sunshine. An even match with lots of deuces and some laughter thrown in. "  -- Rachel
Reveal CommentKaren Revel-Chion v Pedro Mendes (Aug 29) 6-3, 5-7, 4-3 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Still to be finished. Pedro serving next," -- Karen
  • "This match was played over 3 separate meetings and took almost two and a half hours to complete. It was so close as evidenced by the fact it ended with a 3rd set tie-break. Thanks for a great match Pedro!" -- Karen
Heidi Pereira v Karen Revel-Chion (Aug 28) 7-5 TBC
Vince Pope v Rachel Lock (Aug 15) 6-4, 3-0 TBC
Reveal CommentRachel Lock bt Valerie Doulton (Aug 5) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really fun game played in great conditions. Valerie was a great opponent and we challenged each other well. Thoroughly enjoyable. "  -- Rachel
Reveal CommentPedro Mendes v Valerie Doulton (Aug 4) 6-2 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Second set start, it is 3-1 for Pedro, with Pedro serving next"  -- Pedro
Reveal CommentVince Pope bt Karen Revel-Chion (Aug 2) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game - Thanks Karen"  -- Vince
Reveal CommentPedro Mendes v Heidi Pereira (Aug 1) 6-4 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Second set started. It is 2-0 to Heidi with me serving next"  -- Pedro
Reveal CommentRachel Lock bt Heidi Pereira (Jul 29) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Rachel is very friendly and good player, nice to meet her."  -- Heidi
Reveal CommentRachel Lock bt Pedro Mendes (Jul 29) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable game played on the hottest day of the year - fortunately with cloud cover by the time we played. An even match with some good rallies towards the end. "  -- Rachel