|March 7, 2015||2014/15|
|University of Cambridge Men’s 1st||12||Win|
Cambridge defeated the British Army 6-0 away at Aldershot in the two teams’ first ever fixture against each other.
At no. 1 singles, Gerald Wu secured an early break and played sensible tennis to manoeuvred his opponent around the court. In the end, the consistency and solid serving paid off as he won comfortably 6-2 6-0.
At no. 2 singles, Alex Ross faced the opposition’s captain. After going a break up to lead 5-3 in the first set, errors crept into Ross’ game and he lost the ensuing tiebreak. Ross was eager to make amends in the second set, and quickly jumped into a 5-1 lead. The British Army captain then threw caution to the wind and got a break back and even held a break point to draw level at 5-5. However, this time, Ross put in some big serves to clinch the set. In the match tiebreak, Ross showed his resilience and tidied up his game to win 6-7(5) 6-4 10-6 after 2 hours.
At no.3 singles, Jerry Ganendra followed up on his recent battling display against Exeter to win 6-2 6-0. Mixing up solid groundstrokes with good approaches to the net bodes well for Ganendra with the grass court season looming. At no. 4 singles, James Gunn took advantage of his opponents’ inviting mid-court balls to construct his points. Gunn dictated from the back of the court throughout the match to win 6-1 6-0.
At no. 1 doubles, Wu and Ross got off to a sloppy start and got broken in the first service game. After a few nervous moments in the middle of the set as they squandered numerous break points, they finally got back on serve at 3-3. Thereafter, they never looked back and won 9 straight games to seal the match 6-3 6-1.
At no. 2 doubles, Ganendra and Gunn faced an erratic British Army pair who wasted numerous commanding positions at the net. The Cambridge pair played with confidence and moved well around the net throughout to win 6-1 6-1.
Granted that the British Army were not able to field their strongest team for the day, Cambridge kept their focus and maintained their high level of tennis in all matches. The two teams will meet for the return fixture at Fenners in April.