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Wanstead tennis club hosts annual open tournament finals

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 July 2017

Abby McKinlay celebrating her ladie's singles victory  (Pic: Tim Reder)

Abby McKinlay celebrating her ladie's singles victory (Pic: Tim Reder)

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It may not be Wimbledon, but Linkside Tennis Club also held their annual open tournament finals this weekend.

Abby McKinlay in action (Pic: Tim Reder)Abby McKinlay in action (Pic: Tim Reder)

The tournament including men’s singles, girl’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles at the tennis club, in Overton Drive, Wanstead.

Carole Durcan and Ophelia Soares, current holders of the Veteran’s ladies’ doubles title were too strong for club juniors Abby McKinlay and Elsa Arnold winning 6-1 and 6-3 in an entertaining match which bodes well for the youngsters who were making their first appearance in a senior event.

14-year-old Abby then shrugged off her disappointment in the doubles to beat Yvonne Raynor in the ladies’ singles 6-2 and 7-6 after a nail biting tiebreak.

This continues the tradition of the last six years of club juniors laying claim to the Ladies’ open singles title.

Sam Roberts celebrating his men's singles victory (Pic: Tim Reder)Sam Roberts celebrating his men's singles victory (Pic: Tim Reder)

The Gentleman’s singles event, entered by 36 players, ended on Saturday after 5 entertaining rounds with a hotly contested final which saw a reversal of last year’s result with Sam Roberts beating current holder and three times champion Darren Lee, over three sets 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2.

The Gentleman’s doubles tournament had 16 pairs entering with the final another repeat of last year’s event.

The spectators were given a master class treat which ended in another reversal of fortune with Andy Antoniou and Marcus Brissenden this year triumphing over Sam Roberts and Mark Stanford 7-5 and 6-4 in a fiercely contested display of quality doubles tennis.

The last event of the day saw first time finalists Andy Antoniou and Katie Brant beat last year’s winners Darren Lee and Angela Shea over a hard fought three sets 6-2, 3-6 and 6-2 in the Mixed Doubles.

Sam Roberts eyes a forehand (Pic: Tim Reder)Sam Roberts eyes a forehand (Pic: Tim Reder)

Club tournament organisers Ophelia Soares, James Trueman and Rob and Jenny Wallis would like to thank all the spectators, umpires, members who donated food, groundsman Gerardo Olallo and photographer Tim Reder for helping make the day a resounding success.

Linkside Tennis Club offers junior and adult coaching and welcomes new competitive and social players throughout the year.

Next up will be the juniors tournament with finals to be held on Sunday, September 17 and a Veteran’s tournament with finals on Sunday, October 1.

Further information about the club and how to join is available on www.linksidetennis.co.uk.


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