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Collapse AllWimbledon Park Doubles - Round 25 | Thursday 26 September 2019 to Wednesday 4 December 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 30 October 2019)

Overall, a great round of the Wimbledon Park doubles with group 2 especially getting matches arranged and played! We know it can be quite a task to get four people in the same place at the same time so many thanks for all your efforts both off court and on and well done on some really great tennis!

Group Summary:

Three pairs tied on points at the top but fortunately we were able to decide on rankings by the head to head matches. So, Hugh & George win, Nicholas & Etakerina are second and Elizabeth & Natalia are third. Well played all. Judging by the commentaries this was a friendly group with matches played in great spirits despite the weather gods trying to do their worst.

Final Rankings:

  1. Hugh Townshend & George Hackford [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Nicholas Kemble & Ekaterina Zioukina [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Elizabeth Walker & Natalia Zakharyan [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Jane Devonald & Angela Griffin [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Beccy Lee & Svibor Toth [L1]
  6. Sophie Corby & Adam Stonell [L3]
  7. J Schwan & Candice Hendel withdrawn
  8. Jeff Frazier & J Schwan
  9. Tim Dawkins & Philip James withdrawn

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJane Devonald & Angela Griffin bt Sophie Corby & Adam Stonell (Nov 4) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "This was a very exciting and hugely enjoyable match. It was played over two days, experiencing every possible weather condition excluding snow and ice. Every game reached deuce and there were some marathon rallies. Adam was extremely good at the net and Sophie’s double handed backhand was very tricky. It was a shame that someone had to lose in the end. Jane and Angela "  -- Jane
Reveal CommentElizabeth Walker & Natalia Zakharyan bt Sophie Corby & Adam Stonell (Nov 3) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A very lovely match Some great back hands from Sophie and Adam has a strong consistent serve Good luck with the rest of your matches "  -- Elizabeth
Reveal CommentHugh Townshend & George Hackford bt Jane Devonald & Angela Griffin (Oct 30) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A little on the cold side but we had a some great rallies to warm us up, overall a really fun match, thanks!"  -- Hugh
Nicholas Kemble & Ekaterina Zioukina bt Sophie Corby & Adam Stonell (Oct 20) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentElizabeth Walker & Natalia Zakharyan bt Beccy Lee & Svibor Toth (Oct 19) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable morning of tennis. Good strong rallies and serving for both sides and some great net play Thank you and good luck with the rest of your matches "  -- Elizabeth
Reveal CommentHugh Townshend & George Hackford bt Elizabeth Walker & Natalia Zakharyan (Oct 16) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Some great rallies, thanks for a fun game."  -- Hugh
Nicholas Kemble & Ekaterina Zioukina bt Elizabeth Walker & Natalia Zakharyan (Oct 6) 6-0, 6-4
Reveal CommentNicholas Kemble & Ekaterina Zioukina bt Jane Devonald & Angela Griffin (Oct 3) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Friendly match against two amazing players," -- Jane
Elizabeth Walker & Natalia Zakharyan bt Jane Devonald & Angela Griffin (Oct 2) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentHugh Townshend & George Hackford bt Nicholas Kemble & Ekaterina Zioukina (Sep 29) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A closely contested match with some great rallies which were almost as impressive as the weather we all had to brave. Thanks for a great game."  -- Hugh

Group Summary:

Wow! What a fantastic group. Unfortunately Yo and Basak had to withdraw, but every single other match was played! That's a fantastic achievement - we know what a lot of commitment and effort it takes to arrange doubles so very well done all. Tim and Yo top the group - congratulations. They tied on points with runners up Kate and Jenny but won the head to head. Almost every match came with a commentary so we were pleased to learn about Tom's rocket like backhand, Amy's aces, the titanic clash between Mark & Michael and Fiona & Diane and an unexpected appearance, mid match,by a small boy dressed as a dinosaur.

Final Rankings:

  1. Tim Husain & Yo Sato [W6] 12 WINNER
  2. Kate Marsh & Jenny Hong [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Mark Hassall & Michael Wright [W3, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Fiona Maclean & Diane Skinner [W3, L3] 7
  5. Kristin Ursell & John Ursell [W2, L4] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Thomas Mees & Amy Ruff [W2, L4] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Gareth Jones & Jane Hansen [L6] 1
  8. Yo Sato & Basak Alhan Aydin withdrawn

Match Results:

Reveal CommentKristin Ursell & John Ursell bt Gareth Jones & Jane Hansen (Dec 3) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was a last-minute dash to complete our matches, but we had a very enjoyable game in brilliant winter sunshine."  -- Kristin
Reveal CommentTim Husain & Yo Sato bt Fiona Maclean & Diane Skinner (Dec 1) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A beautiful sunny day. Fiona and Diane started at a blistering pace in both sets leading them 2-1. With a bit of elemental help from the weather (sun in eyes, wind and chill factor), Yo and Tim clawed their way back into both sets. The final result being closer than the score suggests, a good time was had by all. This was the final match of the season for both pairings. Good luck everyone for next season. "  -- Tim
Reveal CommentKate Marsh & Jenny Hong bt Gareth Jones & Jane Hansen (Dec 1) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Always a lovely game against Jane and Gareth, albeit on a very chilly morning. We had a number of very good rallies, a few of the games were much closer than the score line suggests. Thank you Jane and Gareth. "  -- Jenny
Reveal CommentKate Marsh & Jenny Hong bt Fiona Maclean & Diane Skinner (Nov 30) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely game against Fiona and Diane on a beautiful winter’s day for tennis. Thank you for a great match. "  -- Jenny
Reveal CommentFiona Maclean & Diane Skinner bt Gareth Jones & Jane Hansen (Nov 26) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Jane and Gareth. Always a pleasure to play you even in such miserable wet and grey conditions."  -- Fiona
Reveal CommentThomas Mees & Amy Ruff bt Gareth Jones & Jane Hansen (Nov 24) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Fun friendly match on one of the nicer afternoons of November. Gareth's kick serve out wide was a very tricky shot to deal with, often leaving easy pickings for Jane at the net when we did manage to return it. The scoreline doesn't do the match justice - there were quite a few hard fought and fast paced points that had everyone chasing the corners, but ultimately I think we were just a little more consistent on the day and were fortunate to win some key points early in each set. (It's worth noting that a friendly third set we played afterwards held even all the way to a tiebreak.) Thank you Gareth & Jane, lovely to meet you both."  -- Thomas
Reveal CommentTim Husain & Yo Sato bt Kate Marsh & Jenny Hong (Nov 24) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "After a blistering start from both teams, service was broken in the first 3 games before Yo steadied the ship and held serve. Many deuces followed. The second set Tim and Yo stormed to a 5-0 lead before some brilliant serving from Kate pegged us back. We held our nerve to close out the match, but it could easily have gone either way. "  -- Tim
Reveal CommentTim Husain & Yo Sato bt Gareth Jones & Jane Hansen (Nov 22) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Gareth and Jane were kind enough to come over and play near us in Kingston. A very amiable match and the scoreline is probably flattering as there were lots of deuces. A good match played in the spirit of the game. We even mixed up and played a friendly tie break afterwards. Thanks everyone for a fun evening. "  -- Tim
Reveal CommentMark Hassall & Michael Wright bt Fiona Maclean & Diane Skinner (Nov 19) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A titanic clash lasting over 3 weeks (take that Isner and Mahut) and ending on a night as cold as would have formed the iceberg that sunk it (the Titanic, not Isner or Mahut). Unfortunately we don't remember the first two sets, so we assume they were a whirlwind of endless deuces as is tradition. Fuelled by pork pies (Mike at least), Fiona and Diane fought valiantly but Mark's first serve actually went in for once to take the 3rd set 6-2 and preserving Mike and Mark's 50% win ratio in league matches. Hopefully see you in the spring if Mike isn't broken from marathon training."  -- Mark
Reveal CommentTim Husain & Yo Sato bt Thomas Mees & Amy Ruff (Nov 17) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Yo put on a brave face and battled through despite a recent bereavement. Amy and Tom started quickly off the blocks and things were pretty even until Tom's eagerness resulted in a nasty slip on the court's morning dew. He fought bravely through and Amy served some brilliant aces down the line. The match was far more even than the final result suggests and fun was had by all. With a little bit of time left over we even managed to mix up and play a couple of championship tie-breaks for fun. Thanks for a great morning everyone and good luck for the rest of the rounds."  -- Tim
Reveal CommentMark Hassall & Michael Wright bt Gareth Jones & Jane Hansen (Nov 14) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable, if cold, evening of tennis. Gareth and Jane came flying out of the blocks to take a 3-0 lead, with Gareth's slicey serve in particular totally baffling Mark and I. We pulled it back, but Gareth and Jane rallied and took the set. Mark and I managed to put a few games together, and a few extremely points off the net, took the second set. After a brief interlude where Jane tended to a cut finger (who knew tennis was so violent?), Mark and I worked out how to return the slice serve and took the final set with hypothermia setting in. Some lucky shots made this luck more comfortable than it was. Thanks for some fun evening tennis, and hopefully see you for a rematch in 2020."  -- Michael
Reveal CommentFiona Maclean & Diane Skinner bt Thomas Mees & Amy Ruff (Nov 9) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Completed a good natured and very enjoyable match on a beautiful autumn morning-despite Thomas feeling unwell. Thank you Amy and Thomas for battling on and good luck for the rest of the round"  -- Fiona
Reveal CommentTim Husain & Yo Sato bt Mark Hassall & Michael Wright (Nov 3) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Glad we managed to finish the match as it was in doubt due to weather, and it did look doomed as rain started just before the scheduled time. Mercifully rain relented and we had an enjoyable game, if with a really heavy splashing ball. Thanks Mark and Mike"  -- Yo
Reveal CommentThomas Mees & Amy Ruff bt Mark Hassall & Michael Wright (Oct 27) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Another close game with Tom and Amy, some good rallies and plenty of the now obligatory titanic deuce games providing good service practice for everyone. Tom's rocket-like backhand proved the key, with proceedings only briefly interrupted by a small boy dressed as a dinosaur who still seemed to be better than anyone there that day. Time to change the orange shirts perhaps?"  -- Mark
Reveal CommentMark Hassall & Michael Wright bt Kristin Ursell & John Ursell (Oct 26) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "In a match of many twists and turns, ups and downs, back and forths, swings and roundabouts etc etc, Mike and Mark came flying out the blocks to go 4-0 up in the 1st set, closing it out 6-2. Kristin and John hit their own purple patch (although their shirts were blue), going 5-0 up on the 2nd. Somehow finding a 2nd wind (fuelled by Coco Pops), the set was levelled at 5-5 then duly proceeded to a tie-break. Helpfully instructed by John and Kristin (as we have little idea how tie-breaks work), Mark and Mike carried the momentum to take it 7-3. Happily missed the rain, but unhappily only a few games went to duece rather than the usual 12 to 15. Well played everyone, especially John's on fire serve."  -- Mark
Tim Husain & Yo Sato bt Kristin Ursell & John Ursell (Oct 20) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentKate Marsh & Jenny Hong bt Kristin Ursell & John Ursell (Oct 13) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "I think we managed to play this match in the only 2 dry hours this weekend ,some good rallies and an enjoyable game thank you "  -- Kate
Reveal CommentFiona Maclean & Diane Skinner bt Kristin Ursell & John Ursell (Oct 8) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "An very enjoyable, highly competitive game as always. Good luck with the rest of the league John and Kristin"  -- Fiona

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentKristin Ursell & John Ursell bt Thomas Mees & Amy Ruff (Oct 6) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "We were expecting a close match, as we've played each other before, and we weren't disappointed. Tom was slightly handicapped from the start after he cut his hand whilst opening the new tennis balls, then suffered further injury trying a Boris-style slide to retrieve a ball. Undeterred, he and Amy won the first set 6-3. The second set was tightly contested with the wind adding another dimension to the game, but we managed to level the match. After coming back from 2-5 down in the third set, Amy and Tom continued to play some great shots (including 2 aces from Amy) and eventually we managed to win the final game with some fine net play from John. A very enjoyable match in unexpected sunshine."  -- Kristin
Reveal CommentKate Marsh & Jenny Hong bt Thomas Mees & Amy Ruff (Oct 5) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "That was a really good close match against Amy and Thomas with some exciting rallies and net play. Thanks for a good game, good luck with the rest of the round."  -- Jenny
Reveal CommentKate Marsh & Jenny Hong bt Mark Hassall & Michael Wright (Oct 5) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Mark and Mike turned up in matching orange tops and bandanas with all the chat - it felt like we were playing the Bryan Bros!! Lots of deuces but in the end Jenny’s cross court backhand got us the edge and we managed to secure our 2nd win of the day "  -- Kate