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

Men’s Blues vs Nottingham 2nds

31st January 2018

The Cambridge Men’s Blues have continued their BUCS dominance with an away win over the team placed second in their league. The match started off with doubles. At second pair, Michal Kaminski and Salil Navarpurkar once again teamed up, and after winning several deuce games at the start of the match, pulled away from their opponents quickly, taking a 6-2 6-0 win. It was a different story on court 1 though, as Jack Long-Martinez and James Shemilt went a break down early in the first set. The Cambridge team picked it up at the end of the set and after breaking back at 4-5, took the set on a tiebreak. The second set went on serve all the way to 4-5, when the Nottingham pair broke to take the set 6-4. A few stray volleys lost the final set tiebreak for the Cambridge pair, and the match finished 6-7 6-4 11-9. After playing a poor doubles match, Shemilt bounced back... read more

Men’s Blues vs Oxford Blues

24th January 2018

The Cambridge Men’s 1st team have continued their winning run in BUCS with a strong victory over the Oxford Blues. After beating Oxford in the league in Michaelmas, the team was confident but knew that it would not be easy. The Cambridge 1st doubles pair, Michal Kaminski and James Shemilt, started the day positively with a comfortable 6-2 6-0 win, and with similar ease at no 3 singles, Salil Navarpurkar won 6-2 6-1 without breaking sweat. On court 4 there was a much closer encounter, as Finn Ranson, in his first match in the league for the Blues team, lost the first set, but then battled back to take the match in three sets 4-6 6-4 10-3. Next on court was Shemilt playing singles on court 1. And he was the next off court, taking the win 6-2 6-2. On court 2, Kaminski faced an opponent in blistering form, and never quite found his own rhythm. In the end, he... read more

Women’s Ladybirds vs Oxford 3rds

17th January 2018

W2 faced sleep deprivation, frosty courts, gale force winds and the biting cold on the way to a 5-1 victory over O****d 3rds !!! After a 6:45am train and a sleepy journey, Jana, Ioana, Magda and Anna made it to the Oxford, only to find the courts covered in a not-so-light dusting of snow. We napped for another hour, and finally made it onto the slightly wet, very windy courts – more or less playable. Jana and Ioana, numbers 1 and 4, dominated in all their matches, with Ioana barely breaking a sweat 6-0 6-0 in her BUCS debut and Jana easily taking her singles 6-2 6-1. Magda and Anna put in a slightly less illustrious performance in their doubles (to put it mildly) losing 3-6 2-6. Magda was denied the chance to take revenge in the singles, as Oxford forfeited the rubber due to the late start, but Anna was able to eke out a win 6-4 6-3, while Jana and Ioana took their doubles... read more