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Collapse AllWimbledon Park Women's Singles - Round 8 | Thursday 11 April 2019 to Wednesday 5 June 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 8 May 2019)

Sixty per cent of all possible matches were played this round which is very respectable and many were rewarded with sunshine. Some hard fought matches, great come backs and old rivalries made this a very enjoyable round to read about. So glad you had fun and hope to see you back next time.

Group Summary:

A very convincing win for Rachel who played every available match, won three of them and was the only person to get bonus points! Many congratulations. Runner up Louise (the defending champ) was the only player to beat her in what was apparently their usual battle, though kudos to Leila for coming back from 1-5 down in the first set in their match. Some good encounters elsewhere and lovely match reports. Many thanks to all.

Final Rankings:

  1. Rachel Kift 9.1 [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Louise Crane [W1, L1] 3 RUNNER UP
  3. Becky Deeming [W1, L1] 2
  4. Leila Panesar Morris 8.2 [W1, L1] 2
  5. Emma Tavener [L2] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentLouise Crane bt Rachel Kift (May 11) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Always great to play Rachel and usually a real battle which it was today. Rachel was on fire in the first set but I was fortunate to gain the upper hand in the next two. Until we meet again Rachel!! "  -- Louise
Reveal CommentRachel Kift bt Emma Tavener (Apr 30) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Perfect evening for tennis and we had some good rallies. Emma covered the court really well and got most balls back. While the score suggests it was one-sided, Emma made me work really hard and I think it will be a much closer affair next time once she has got in a bit more match practice "  -- Rachel
Reveal CommentBecky Deeming bt Emma Tavener (Apr 27) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was an enjoyable and close match to start the weekend off. Some good rallies and a lot of games going to deuce, the result could have gone either way! Good luck for the rest of your games Emma :)"  -- Becky
Reveal CommentRachel Kift bt Leila Panesar Morris (Apr 26) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Another hard fought match against Leila and some really good tennis played. Many of the games went to deuce and there were some great comebacks from both of us to stay in sets - Leila from 5-1 down in the first, and me from 0-3 down in the second."  -- Rachel

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentLeila Panesar Morris bt Louise Crane (Apr 22) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was a very close and long match on a sunny and warm day. We both played quite well when things weren’t going our way and neither of us would give up! Best of luck in your other matches Louise"  -- Leila
Reveal CommentRachel Kift bt Becky Deeming (Apr 16) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "This was the first time Becky had played since last summer. We had a few close games in the second set when she was finding her shots more and I'm sure it will be a closer contest next time around. Thanks again for the match Becky and best of luck with the rest of your matches"  -- Rachel

Group Summary:

Zane and Isobel finished neck and neck, both earning 5 points after winning 2 matches and leaving one (their head to head!) unfinished and fittingly 6-4, 4-6! So we really had to dig out the rule book for this one. The penultimate criteria (just before we toss a coin) is who conceded fewest games on average per matches played. That means Zane pips Isobel at the post, but very well done to both. A shame not to see anything from Weiwei this round. Hope you are ok.

Final Rankings:

  1. Zane Baring 9.2 [W2, UF1] 5 WINNER
  2. Isobel Stephen 8.2 [W2, UF1] 5 RUNNER UP
  3. Jane Hansen 9.1 [W1, L2] 2
  4. Sarah Stephens 10.2 [L3]
  5. Weiwei Xu 10.1

Match Results:

Zane Baring bt Sarah Stephens (May 26) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentJane Hansen bt Sarah Stephens (May 25) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match as always - and looking forward to the next one!"  -- Jane
Zane Baring bt Jane Hansen (May 20) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentIsobel Stephen v Zane Baring (May 12) 6-4, 4-6 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "A total joy to play Zane, whose great sense of fun and infectious laugh lifted my spirits. Competitive tennis and lovely sunshine: shame we ran out of time but I look forward to completing the match!"  -- Isobel
Reveal CommentIsobel Stephen bt Sarah Stephens (May 4) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match in surprisingly windy conditions. Always good to play Sarah!"  -- Isobel

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentIsobel Stephen bt Jane Hansen (Apr 15) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure to play Jane and today was no exception. The wind was a bit of a nuisance and led to Jane putting some balls long in the first set but when I was 3-5 down in the second set I really thought we would be enjoying the sunshine for a third set! However I pulled it back! Looking forward to next time Jane. "  -- Isobel