Tennis: Linkside crown vets champions after exciting

PUBLISHED: 18:30 22 September 2016

Linkside's Graham Lavender at full stretch

Linkside's Graham Lavender at full stretch


A round-up of the latest news from Linkside tennis club

Linkside Tennis Club’s annual Veterans Tournament finals proved as successful as ever as men aged 45 and over and women aged 40 and over produced fine matches.

After suffering a comprehensive defeat in the ladies ppen singles final, three-time champion Rae Potter was in imperious form in the ladies vets singles championship match defeating Misa Corlett 6-0, 6-2.

Current holders and five-time champions Potter and Angela Shea then took on new partners Ophelia Soares and Carole Durcan in the ladies doubles final.

In an epic and compelling match, and after battling to save numerous match points, Soares and Durcan triumphed 6-4, 6-1, 7-6, winning a gruelling deciding tie break 14-12.

In the men’s singles final, four-time champion Andy Willis faced Graham Lavender, playing his first Linkside singles final.

Facing match point at 6-3 and 5-1, Willis rallied to six games apiece before winning the second set tie break 7-5.

In a tense third set, the players swapped breaks of serve until the inevitable tie break which Graham won 7-5 on his fourth match point.

Lavender then partnered newcomer Steve Polkinghorne in the men’s doubles final against John Stone and Peter Hems, both former Linkside doubles champions.

Polkinghorne and Lavender proved too strong a partnership for their opposition winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

The final match of day saw the ever popular mixed doubles final pit current champions Potter and Lavender, in their third match of the day, against the four-time champion partnership of Soares and Willis, both facing their second match of the day.

Soares and Willis retook their mixed title with a quality display, winning an entertaining and hard fought match 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 with the final set held under floodlights. Linkside Tennis Club offers junior and adult coaching and welcomes new competitive and social players throughout the year. Next up is the annual Doubles Handicap Tournament.

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