|October 14, 2015||BUCS Men's Premier B South||2015/16|
|University of Cambridge Men’s 1st||4||Loss|
|Imperial College London 1st||8||Win|
Cambridge come up short against Imperial.
Having lost to Imperial in a tight BUCS playoff two seasons ago, Cambridge knew a tough opening
match awaited them. So it proved.
The no. 1 doubles pair of Gerald Wu and Alex Cole were outclassed by a strong Imperial pair of Mark
Whitehouse and Akash Kansagra 6-3 6-1. Despite breaking early in the first set, Wu and Cole could
not hold onto their advantage and the Imperial pair grew in confidence in the second set.
The no. 2 doubles pair of freshers Jack Long-Martinez and Aleksander Mardinian fought brilliantly
from losing the first set to defeat the Imperial pair of Ricardo Pio Monti and Enzo Bermond 6-7 6-3
10-3. The Cambridge pair produced gutsy shots when it mattered most in the match tie-break to
record an important win on their debut.
Having split the doubles, the Cambridge team were aware of the difficult singles matches. At no. 1
singles, Wu was overpowered by Whitehouse in the first set. In the second set, Wu kept pace with
Whitehouse on serve until the crucial 9th game. The Imperial player then comfortably served out the
match to win 6-2 6-4. At no. 2 singles, Alex Cole struggled on serve the whole match and was put
under constant pressure by Kansagra. Cole could not keep up with Kansagra’s consistent hitting and
lost 6-2 6-1.
Long-Martinez capped off a fine debut with a comprehensive 6-3 6-2 victory over Pio Monti at no. 3
singles. However, Mardinian could not salvage a draw for Cambridge as he went down battling to
Bermond 6-4 6-2.
It was not the start that the men’s Blues hoped for, but there were encouraging performances from
Long-Martinez and Mardinian.