Cambridge W1 vs Loughborough W2 (BUCS FINALS)

27th March 2019

W1 made up of Ioana, Kureha, Sam and Georgina went to Nottingham to play the BUCS final against Loughborough W2. It was all very official when we arrived at Nottingham – we were given lanyards and badges and went on court to warm up for the first round of matches. Doubles was played first. The team were slightly more nervous than usual due to the cameramen taking photos and films of the tennis, as well as the umpires calling the score and the lines, but soon managed to get into the swing of things. Sam and Georgina struggled to find a weakness in their opposition. In the second set they tried mixing things up more, and managed to get more games to deuce, even winning 2 games with some moon-balling! They ultimately lost 6-0,6-2. Kureha and Ioana on the next court had a much more even game. They struggled to win the important points in the first set, but in... read more

W2 vs Warwick W1

13th March 2019

W2 played against Warwick (who are top of the league) for their final BUCS match of the year. After a miscommunication between the team and their staff, Warwick turned up in Cambridge two and a half hours early so Rebecca, Katherine, Anna and Yas hastily got themselves to fenners to play the match. Rebecca and Yas started with singles. Yas had a tough first set and although the games were close, she lost it 6-1. After going 5-2 down in the second, she found some momentum and managed to bring it back but unfortunately lost it 7-6(3). Rebecca played a great game and remained consistent in the windy conditions, winning her singles 6-2 6-4. Katherine and Anna had a very close doubles match. Whilst they sailed through the first set, winning 6-0, they unfortunately lost the second 7-6 and the match tie break 10-8. Katherine and Anna then went on to play their singles. Katherine won 6-2 6-4 (even after... read more

W1 vs UCL W1 (BUCS semis)

13th March 2019

Today Ioana, Kureha, Monika and Jenni travelled to London to play UCL 1sts in the semis of the BUCS Trophy knockout. All four singles were on first – probably for the best as they were four long matches. Ioana played a former British no.1 junior. There was a lot of hard hitting and changes in momentum but after a set going 6-3 each way Ioana managed to win in the match tie break 10-5. Kureha played a very strong number 2 and was the only player to win in straight sets – 6-3 7-5. Monika at number 3 was up against a fairly even matched opponent who made a lot of balls. This was particularly the case in the match tie break where Monika struggled to upset her rhythm despite some lovely serving and consistent backhands crosscourt.The final score was 6-3 6-7 12-10. Jenni at number 4 had another 3 set match, despite being a set and 6-5, match point... read more


2nd March 2019

Yesterday W1 team up with Oxford for their annual fixture against the AELTC. Ioana, Alba, Kureha and Jenni faced up to some fierce opposition. Charlotte, Yas and I went to support. Ioana and Alba were first up playing AELTC’s 2nd and 4th seeds. Both of them had awesome matches. Ioana easily stormed through the first set, but the opponent picked up her game in the second. Not enough for Ioana though, who took the 2nd set 7-6. Alba played on the very fast carpet courts, her awesome slice backhand coming in very useful, and took her opponent to 3 sets, unfortunately just missing out in the match tie-break 11-9. Next up were Kureha and Jenni. Kureha played the AELTC captain, who, despite being incredibly friendly off court, was super aggressive on court and Kureha struggled to settle into a rhythm. Jenni had another close match, coming back to win the first set from 5-2 down. Jenni and her opponent had... read more

W2 vs Oxford W3

27th February 2019

W2, made up of Georgina, Katherine, Elys and Anna, travelled to Oxford. We finally made it, after a sprint through Paddington station, and Georgina nearly leading them to Devon. After a slow warm up, we played the first 2 rounds of doubles. Katherine and Anna flew through their game, not dropping a service game and making some good volleys. Points didn’t last very long and they quickly took the match 6-3, 6-0. Georgina and Elys, on the other hand, had a tougher time. Georgina was having a shocker, struggling to get used to the new, springy racket. They lost the first set 6-3, but saved a match point in the second to win 7-5, and came from 8-4 down in the tiebreak to take it 12-10! Anna had nearly finished her singles by the time Elys and Georgina were done. She smashed through the first set, thoroughly demotivating her opponent to take the second set easily 6-0, 6-1. Katherine was... read more