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

Women’s Blues vs Oxford 2nds

17th January 2018

Despite some confusion about the state of the courts, Lara, Jess, Joanna and Yas eventually arrived in Oxford to see the W2 girls smashing their matches. Joanna and Jess took a solid 6-1 6-2 win against the Oxford’s first doubles pair. The match was good start to the day, despite the need to play in 5 layers and Jess nearly taking out one of the Oxford girls with a smash. Lara and Yas’s performance didn’t manage to meet their expectations, as they lost their doubles 6-4 4-6 (10-6). Joanna went on to win her singles 6-0 7-5. She experienced a tiny slip of concentration in the second set but quickly managed to recover and secure the set. Jess won her singles 6-2 6-1 and managed to become bffs with her opponent as they seemed to take more interest in watching the athletics track behind them, than the tennis. Yas had an unfortunate singles, losing 6-0 6-3. After a tough first set... read more

Men’s Blues vs Essex 1sts

22nd November 2017

The Cambridge Blues have started their BUCS trophy campaign with an emphatic win over the University of Essex. In the first round of matches, captain Jack Long-Martinez cruised through his singles at number 4 6-1 6-2 without any problems. Likewise, on court 2, Michal Kaminski and Salil Navarpurkar pulled ahead early in their doubles and never looked back, taking the win 6-0 6-3. Playing at number 1, however, James Shemilt had a much closer match. After several close service games in succession at the end of the first set, Shemilt took the set on a tiebreak, then broke early in the second. From then he served well to come away with a 7-6 6-4 win. In the second round of matches, Kaminski had no problems brutally dispatching his opponent 6-0 6-2, Navarpurkar won equally easily 6-1 6-1, and Long-Martinez and Shemilt came through with a 6-2 6-0 win. Overall, it was a very positive day for the Cambridge team as... read more