Grasshoppers vs Oxford Blues

9th February 2018

The Cambridge 2nd team came to a difficult fixture against Oxford 1s full of determination. The match was played at Letchworth tennis club and kicked off at midday with Nikhil playing singles at number 1, Henry number 2 and Charlie and Domenic playing doubles. The Oxford number 1 and 2 were exceptionally strong players and despite playing some good tennis, both Nikhil and Henry went down in straight sets, 6-1 6-1 and 6-2 6-1. Domenic and Charlie mounted an excellent comeback after losing the first set. They eventually lost a very close match in the match tiebreak, 1-6 6-2 4-10. In typical Cambridge fashion, Nikhil had to rush off for a supervision and was replaced by Tibo, who partnered Henry for the doubles. Unfortunately this did not change things much, and Henry and Tibo lost their doubles 6-1, 6-0, with their opponents playing some filthy tennis. Charlie was up against a very consistent player in the singles and had a... read more

Ladybirds vs Birmingham 1sts

7th February 2018

The W2 match against Birmingham 1sts took place in a fancy location – the Edgbaston club which hosts a WTA tournament – however it would have felt much more luxurious were we not playing outdoors in 3 degrees C. Despite the impending frostbite we got ready for the first round of doubles, Yas and Magda as no. 1 and Anna and Elena at 2. Yas and Magda, slow to warm up lost the first set but showed their true colours in the second, with consistent cross-court rallies and aggressive volley intercept, however in the match tie break it wasn’t quite enough against our reenergized opponents, leading to final match score of 2-6 6-2 3-10. Meanwhile Anna and Elena’s match proved equally competitive. With a lot of powerful rallies and some big serves it went to the third set which unfortunately went down a bit too quickly for the Birmingham team, 6-3 4-6 1-10. The first round of singles featured Yas... read more

Women’s Blues vs Nottingham 3rds

31st January 2018

Another great victory for W1 this week! The scores are below: Monika Kondratowicz 6-0 6-2 Kate Dewsnip 6-3 6-0 Claudia Dickinson 6-7 7-5 10-7 Yasmin Shah 5-7 4-6 Monika/Kate 6-4 4-6 8-10 Claudia/Yasmin 6-4 6-3

Grasshoppers vs Loughborough 3rds

31st January 2018

Cambridge M2 travelled to our home match in Corby, full of hope to pull of their first victory of the season. A strong team of Nikhil, James, Aayush and Tibo had been chosen to dismantle the 5th placed Loughborough side. The fixture began with a bit of confusion at the car rental venue, as Nikhil had not had a license long enough to drive. The team scrambled to make sure they reached Corby on time – perhaps an omen of the bad things to come. James and Nikhil played the first doubles pair, and got off to a fast start. They took the first set 7-5 and raced to a 3-1 lead in the second. From there it was all bad news, as their level dropped to gift their opponents a 6-4 set. The tiebreak was poor, losing it 10-5 after going down 9-1. Aayush and Tibo were up next, and before they knew it they were down 6-0 in... read more

Ladybirds vs Oxford 3rds

31st January 2018

Yesterday W2 took another victory over Oxford 3rds, this time on home ground! In the first round of matches, Magda (no. 2) and Elena (no. 4) took their singles without greater struggle. Magda’s swift first set, with particularly strong serves and forehands was followed by a small shake of confidence in the second, which didn’t stop her from taking the match 6-0 6-3. Elena’s consistency and level-headedness also proved to be the perfect recipe against her (sometimes) powerful but terribly stressed out oponent, bringing another win 6-3 6-1 to W2. Charlotte and Katharine faced relatively strong opponents in a very tight match, laced both with great shots and unexpected errors, eventually losing in match tie-break 7-6(2) 5-7 7-10. Spoiler alert: they both got their revenge in the singles! Charlotte (no. 1) put out her absolutely fantastic A* tennis, it was literally amazing, and without minding her opponents strong shots won in three sets 6-4 2-6 10-4. Katharine (no. 3) on the... read more