|October 21, 2015||BUCS Men's Premier B South||2015/16|
|University of Cambridge Men’s 1st||2||Loss|
|Imperial College London 1st||10||Win|
Cambridge Outhit by Bath.
The men’s Blues went down fighting to Bath 10-2. Perhaps due to the long 4 hour journey,
Cambridge got off to slow starts in both doubles matches.
At no. 1 doubles, Gerald Wu and Sergey Yelnik could not get going against the Bath pair of Sam
Edwards and Christian Throm- Jones in the first set, losing 6-1. In the second set, Wu and Yelnik
found their rhythm and served for the set at 5-4. However, Bath broke back strongly and a mini-
break in the ensuing tie-break saw Cambridge lose 6-1 7-6(5).
At no. 2 doubles, freshers Jack Long-Martinez and Aleksander Mardinian were guilty of losing six
sudden death deuces against the Bath pair of Khoo Er Yang and James Chester. That meant the
Cambridge pair were constantly catching up throughout the match, eventually losing 6-2 6-3.
Cambridge knew the size of the task ahead of them going into the singles matches. At no. 1 singles,
Wu came up with all guns blazing in the first set, pushing Edwards behind the baseline and winning
6-2. However, Edwards found his range on his serve in the second set, leaving very few break point
opportunities to Wu. In the second set tie-break, Edwards serve proved the difference, as cheap
points on serve saw him take the set. Heading into the final set, Wu could not keep up physically,
and he lost serve at 3-4. Edwards served out the match to win 2-6 7-6(3) 6-3.
At no. 2 singles, Long-Martinez found it difficult against Throm-Jones, who was returning superbly.
The Cambridge player dug deep throughout the match but Throm-Jones was the better player on
the day, winning 6-3 6-4.
At no. 3 singles, Mardinian struggled on serve the entire match against Khoo. His low first serve
percentage placed immense pressure on his second serve throughout. Mardinian tried to come to
the net more often but the Bath player was unfazed and hit some brilliant passing shots. In the end,
Mardinian lost 6-1 6-2.
At no. 4 singles, Yelnik lost a tight first set to Chester 6-4. After taking some medication to cure
dizziness, Yelnik started imposing himself from the baseline. Coupled with his big first serve, Yelnik
impressively ran away with the next two sets, eventually winning 4-6 6-1 6-2. It was a solid
Cambridge debut for Yelnik.