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Collapse AllWaterlow Park Singles - Round 34 | Thursday 9 July 2020 to Wednesday 2 September 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 5 August 2020)

It was great to have 5 groups in this round of Waterlow Park Tennis League and even better to be able to complete the round this time! We welcomed 10 new players to the league alongside lots of regulars and returners, and collectively you managed to play nearly four fifths of all possible matches which is great. Hopefully all the post-lockdown rustiness has now been ironed out and we look forward to more friendly but competitive matches in the next round!

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Mark for retaining his Group 1 title in fine style winning 6 matches without dropping a set and finishing 2 points clear of runner up Tom. Tom had a strong round too with 5 wins but had to work especially hard against Kevin where he had "about 10 match points" before finally closing out the third set. Third placed Conor was just one point behind Tom and pulled off fine wins against George and Kevin, the latter being a "full 2 hours for 2 sets highlighting how close it was"... great tennis!

Final Rankings:

  1. Mark Przyrembel 9.2 [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Tom Molyneux [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Conor Thompson [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  4. George Stewart 8.1 [W2, L3, UF2] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Kevin Matthews 10.1 [W2, L3, UF1] 6
  6. Eric Liknaitzky [W1, L2, UF1] 2
  7. Alexander Grach [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Richard Tyler [L6] 1

Match Results:

Eric Liknaitzky bt Richard Tyler (Sep 1) 6-3, 5-7, [10-5]
Tom Molyneux bt Eric Liknaitzky (Aug 27) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentGeorge Stewart v Kevin Matthews (Aug 27) 3-6, 6-1, 3-3 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "A really great match with a lot of back and forth through some awful weather. At long last we had to give into the rain wishing we’d opted for the match tiebreaker in lieu of a third set. Well played overall though, considering the conditions. "  -- George
Kevin Matthews bt Richard Tyler (Aug 26) 6-1, 6-3
George Stewart bt Richard Tyler (Aug 22) 6-3, 6-2
Mark Przyrembel bt Kevin Matthews (Aug 18) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentTom Molyneux bt Kevin Matthews (Aug 15) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "An extremely tight match that really could have gone either way! I started off pretty well but then Kevin had a really strong second set. After I was 5-2 up in the third set I thought I was going to put it to bed but then Kevin fought back another 2 games and put the pressure on. I must have had about 10 match points in the last game with some monster rallies but Kevin kept on bringing it back to deuce. I think we'll both sleep well tonight! "  -- Tom
Tom Molyneux bt Richard Tyler (Aug 12) 6-0, 6-3
Conor Thompson bt Richard Tyler (Aug 6) 7-5, 6-1
Reveal CommentGeorge Stewart bt Alexander Grach (Aug 1) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "This two setter took all of two hours. Really long points and lots of extended games. Great to play Alex. "  -- George
Mark Przyrembel bt Conor Thompson (Jul 28) 6-3, 6-0
Reveal CommentTom Molyneux bt Conor Thompson (Jul 25) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "An extremely close game that was tight until the very end - I thought Conor was going to run away with it but managed to get a bit of form in the second set. Some epic rallies were played and it could have gone either way! "  -- Tom
Mark Przyrembel bt Richard Tyler (Jul 24) 6-0, 6-1
Mark Przyrembel bt Tom Molyneux (Jul 22) 6-1, 6-1
Eric Liknaitzky v George Stewart (Jul 20) 3-6 TBC
Kevin Matthews bt Alexander Grach (Jul 20) 6-4, 6-1
Mark Przyrembel bt George Stewart (Jul 18) 6-1, 6-3
Conor Thompson bt Eric Liknaitzky (Jul 17) 6-3, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentConor Thompson bt George Stewart (Jul 16) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Great game could of gone either way with both saving match points.''-- Conor
Mark Przyrembel bt Alexander Grach (Jul 15) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentConor Thompson bt Kevin Matthews (Jul 15) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Very close competitive game which could of gone either way. A full 2 hours for 2 sets highlighting how close it was."  -- Conor
Reveal CommentTom Molyneux bt George Stewart (Jul 13) 7-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A really close first set that was a bit of a rollercoaster! George almost had me and was a couple of set points clear in the tie break but I managed to claw it back. Altogether it was a very close game and some great tennis was played! "  -- Tom

Group Summary:

Congratulations to group champ Oscar for going undefeated on 5 wins to edge one point clear of runner up Tomas. Oscar won their head to head in straight sets but it was "definitely tighter than the scoreline suggests", and Tomas displayed his fighting spirit winning close contests against Liu and Robert. Meanwhile Robert prevailed in 3 sets against Daniel in "boiling hot weather" and Andy beat Tomas in a 3 sets.

Final Rankings:

  1. Oscar Clarke 10.2 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Tomas Kamensky [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Liu Li 7.2 [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Robert Molesworth 8.2 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Paul Hillier [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Andy Fitzgibbon 10.1 [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Daniel Lacava [L6] 3 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Liu Li bt Robert Molesworth (Aug 26) 6-0, 6-3
Reveal CommentOscar Clarke bt Liu Li (Aug 14) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Liu started really strongly and was 4-1 up. The first set was a real battle and took about an hour!"  -- Oscar
Reveal CommentTomas Kamensky bt Paul Hillier (Aug 4) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good game, tighter than the actual scoreline suggests. Paul's topspin serve worked perfectly and caused me much trouble. "  -- Tomas
Reveal CommentRobert Molesworth bt Andy Fitzgibbon (Aug 3) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A good game in bright but not boiling conditions. Quite evenly matched & could have gone either way."  -- Robert
Paul Hillier bt Daniel Lacava (Aug 2) 6-2, 6-1
Paul Hillier bt Andy Fitzgibbon (Aug 1) 6-0, 7-5
Reveal CommentOscar Clarke bt Tomas Kamensky (Aug 1) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good game. Definitely tighter than the scoreline suggests."  -- Oscar
Liu Li bt Andy Fitzgibbon (Jul 31) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentRobert Molesworth bt Daniel Lacava (Jul 30) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good game in boiling hot weather! Daniel made a strong start in the first set and I just couldn't make anything work. Luckily in the 2nd set things started to come together & managed to consolidate in the third although by then we were both starting to get heat stroke!"  -- Robert
Liu Li bt Daniel Lacava (Jul 28) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentAndy Fitzgibbon bt Tomas Kamensky (Jul 25) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good, competitive game. Enjoyable rallies."  -- Andy
Tomas Kamensky bt Liu Li (Jul 24) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentTomas Kamensky bt Robert Molesworth (Jul 23) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A good competitive game in the sun. It could have gone either way." -- Tomas
  • "A great game played over 3 hours mostly in hot conditions with many rallies & deuces. Tomas's powerful first serve can certainly win games!" -- Robert
Reveal CommentOscar Clarke bt Robert Molesworth (Jul 22) 4-1, 4-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good game - played a short format as we only had an hour."  -- Oscar
Tomas Kamensky bt Daniel Lacava (Jul 21) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentOscar Clarke bt Daniel Lacava (Jul 20) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match!"  -- Oscar
Reveal CommentAndy Fitzgibbon bt Daniel Lacava (Jul 17) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Fun game in the sun! "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentOscar Clarke bt Andy Fitzgibbon (Jul 14) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match."  -- Oscar

Group Summary:

Stephen was in great form this round completing a clean sweep of 6 wins to finish unbeaten and 2 points clear of runner up Federico. Their head to head was close as always while Stephen had to dig even deeper against Tom and Richard, the latter match being played across 2 sessions, with Stephen saving a match point when play resumed before finally taking the final set "in a nail-biting tie-breaker". Federico and Tom were also 3 set winners in this exciting and competitive group.

Final Rankings:

  1. Stephen Pereira [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Federico Jousset 10.2 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Jamie Riggs-long 9.1 [W3, L2, UF1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Richard Briggs [W2, L4] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Tom Jackson [W2, L3, UF1] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Arina Piskunova 10.2 [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. David Aron 9.1 [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentArina Piskunova bt David Aron (Sep 2) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you David for playing despite the rainy weather. I'm glad we managed to finish the game without any injuries on very slippy courts. "  -- Arina
Federico Jousset bt Richard Briggs (Sep 1) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Reveal CommentTom Jackson bt Arina Piskunova (Aug 30) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Some serious serving from Arina - ace'd me about 5 times too..! Good game, some nice rallies + points."  -- Tom
Federico Jousset bt Arina Piskunova (Aug 12) 6-3, 6-2

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentStephen Pereira bt Richard Briggs (Aug 11) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "Great game so far in the extreme heat! Maybe it will be cooler when we restart? Stephen to serve 1st in the final set."  -- Richard
  • "A very evenly matched game played over almost 3 hours - the first two seats in searing heat and the last set today in cooler damp conditions. At one point Richard had the upper hand at 5-3 up and match point, but I managed to hold on and take the final set in a nail-biting tie-breaker." -- Stephen
Federico Jousset bt Jamie Riggs-long (Aug 5) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
Reveal CommentJamie Riggs-long bt Arina Piskunova (Aug 4) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Arina, always a pleasure "  -- Jamie
Stephen Pereira bt David Aron (Aug 3) 4-0, 4-0
Reveal CommentTom Jackson bt Richard Briggs (Aug 2) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Such a great match - some incredible points, amazing returns. It was all down to fine margins - and a bit of tiredness, in the end. Richard is such a lovely guy to play with too."  -- Tom
Reveal CommentStephen Pereira bt Jamie Riggs-long (Aug 2) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very close match with both of us playing a pretty defensive game with long rallies and the lead in the first set changing a few times before going down to a tie-break. In the second set i held onto an early lead and we finished the match in just under two hours."  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentJamie Riggs-long bt Richard Briggs (Jul 31) 6-0, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Tense second set. We did well in the heat. "  -- Jamie
Jamie Riggs-long bt David Aron (Jul 30) 6-3, 6-0
Reveal CommentStephen Pereira bt Arina Piskunova (Jul 29) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable game in the warm sunshine. Arina has a really fast serve and aced me a few times, but i managed to get most of them back and was a bit more consistent."  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentStephen Pereira bt Tom Jackson (Jul 29) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "This was a long gruelling match in pretty hot sunshine. Neither of our first serves were firing so we had pretty long rallies throughout and a few games with several deuces. It could have gone either way, i just edged it with the last point won as the bells tolled 7pm."  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentRichard Briggs bt David Aron (Jul 28) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game David!"  -- Richard
David Aron bt Tom Jackson (Jul 27) Walkover
Federico Jousset bt Tom Jackson (Jul 25) 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentJamie Riggs-long v Tom Jackson (Jul 24) 3-6, 6-3, 3-3 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Close game. Jamie to serve next "  -- Jamie
Reveal CommentRichard Briggs bt Arina Piskunova (Jul 23) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the great game. Good for both of us to lose some of that lockdown rustiness! "  -- Richard
Federico Jousset bt David Aron (Jul 20) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentStephen Pereira bt Federico Jousset (Jul 13) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "We have played a few games now and its always close, no different today!"  -- Stephen

Group Summary:

It was a successful return to league action for Britta who finished an impressive 5 points clear of runner up Beth through a combination of tennis and scheduling skills. Kudos to Beth for winning their head to head, the pair's first encounter, and Liam made Britta work hard for her win in 2 close sets. Eberto recorded a fine win too against Beth, holding his nerve to win the third set tiebreak [10-8] while Liam and Anton "managed to survive the swarm of flying ants" in their match!

Final Rankings:

  1. Britta Becker 9.1 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Beth Bonini 9.2 [W2, L1] 5 RUNNER UP
  3. Liam Shurety [W2, L1] 4
  4. Eberto Burgos [W2, L2] 4
  5. Anton Garmoza [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Pepita Fernandez [L2]
  7. Chris Esmond 10.1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentLiam Shurety bt Eberto Burgos (Aug 16) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good game Eberto!"  -- Liam

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentEberto Burgos bt Beth Bonini (Aug 13) 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (10-8)

Player Comments:

  • "Such a great match! Very close and competitive. "  -- Beth
Reveal CommentBritta Becker bt Eberto Burgos (Aug 9) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Hottest day of the year, thanks for the match Eberto."  -- Britta
Reveal CommentBeth Bonini bt Anton Garmoza (Aug 7) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was hot and humid - but still an enjoyable match. Thanks, Anton! "  -- Beth
Reveal CommentBeth Bonini bt Britta Becker (Aug 1) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Close match - and a very good workout! I really enjoyed playing with Britta for the first time. "  -- Beth
Reveal CommentLiam Shurety bt Anton Garmoza (Jul 29) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Tighter than the score suggests with many games going to deuce. We also managed to survive the swarm of flying ants! Thanks for the game Anton."  -- Liam
Reveal CommentBritta Becker bt Pepita Fernandez (Jul 28) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The score doesn't really do justice to Pepita's game; she strikes the ball so well, and we continued to rally after the match. Thank you Pepita."  -- Britta
Eberto Burgos bt Anton Garmoza (Jul 22) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentAnton Garmoza bt Pepita Fernandez (Jul 20) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good game! The second set definitely wasn't easy with many games ending in a deuce! Well played! Thank you, Pepita! "  -- Anton
Reveal CommentBritta Becker bt Anton Garmoza (Jul 17) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A really nice day to play tennis. The game score in the first set was often very tight, with many deuces and some very good rallies. Thanks Anton."  -- Britta
Reveal CommentBritta Becker bt Liam Shurety (Jul 14) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A very suspenseful and enjoyable match, especially with the tie-break in the first set. Every point was hard fought for by both players. Thanks Liam "  -- Britta

Group Summary:

It was a successful round for Lukasz who topped Group 5 with 4 match wins and midway bonus points to finish 5 points clear of runner up Daniel, however it was Daniel who won their head to head coming from a set down to win in 3 sets. Lukasz was on the winning side of a fun 3 setter against Patricia, a "great match, full of long games & rallies, net pressure and lobs beyond recovery", while Patricia also lost an even closer 3 setter against Reem... unlucky but great effort!

Final Rankings:

  1. Lukasz Pasieczny 10.1 [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Daniel Powner [W3] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Reem Brooks [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Domenico Palmieri [W2, L2] 5
  5. Patricia Troccoli [L4] 2
  6. Tami Alikhani [L2] 1

Match Results:

Daniel Powner bt Lukasz Pasieczny (Sep 1) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentReem Brooks bt Domenico Palmieri (Aug 15) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for a great match Domenico"  -- Reem
Reveal CommentDomenico Palmieri bt Patricia Troccoli (Aug 14) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Was got lucky to manage to play as we were expecting loads of rain! Patty and I played already in the league last year and it was really good to face her again. "  -- Domenico
Reveal CommentLukasz Pasieczny bt Domenico Palmieri (Aug 11) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very good game, well matched and the result could have been easily quite opposite. Many comebacks on both sides. Domenico played well and with few games (and new racket) will be even more challenging to beat. Looking forward to more friendly games in coming rounds."  -- Lukasz
Daniel Powner bt Patricia Troccoli (Aug 9) 6-2, 6-4
Reveal CommentDomenico Palmieri bt Tami Alikhani (Aug 8) 5-4, 0-4, 4-1

Player Comments:

  • "Was great meeting and playing Tami, we had several really good rallies and would probably play again some friendly matches in future!"  -- Domenico
Reveal CommentDaniel Powner bt Reem Brooks (Aug 1) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Perfect day for the game with the only minor distraction being by the smell of sausages wafting from the local farmers market! Turned out to be a good close match with several long back and forth games at deuce."  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentLukasz Pasieczny bt Patricia Troccoli (Jul 27) 3-6, 6-3, [10-3]

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, full of long games & rallies, net pressure and lobs beyond recovery. All sprinkled with a bit of rain but good spirit prevailed to finish the game."  -- Lukasz
Reveal CommentLukasz Pasieczny bt Tami Alikhani (Jul 22) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good match, well paired and it could have gone either way, have we not been interrupted by the time two weeks earlier. Thanks & good luck in your next matches!" -- Lukasz

Match of the Group:

Reem Brooks bt Patricia Troccoli (Jul 19) 5-7, 6-4, [10-8]
Reveal CommentLukasz Pasieczny bt Reem Brooks (Jul 14) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "First league game for both of us in a long time. Enough double faults for the whole season and endless duces - all in a friendly atmosphere of otherwise competitive match!"  -- Lukasz