Cambridge M1 vs Nottingham M3

31st October 2018

Cambridge M1 vs Nottingham M3 Cambridge’s men continued their winning start to the season in the BUCS Midlands 1A division with another resounding 12-0 victory. Last year, M1 had two closely contested encounters with Nottingham’s second team, eventually pipping them to the title, and so they came into this clash with the thirds wary of complacency. Proceedings kicked off at 12:30 under the bubble at David Lloyd Peterborough. Number one and two Michal Kaminski and Salil Navapurkar teamed up in the doubles, while Rob Legg and Finn Ranson partnered for the first time on court two. Legg and Ranson got off to a shaky start, broken in their third service game. But after clawing the score back to 3-3 they won 9 games in a row to beat the Nottingham second pair 6-3 6-0. But Nottingham were providing a much sterner test on court one. Kaminski and Navapurkar had taken the opener 7-5, but now faced a 5-2 deficit in... read more

Cambridge M2 vs Oxford M2

31st October 2018

On a beautiful and crisp day at Fenner’s, the Cambridge Grasshoppers welcomed the Oxford 2s for a pre-Varsity tussle. Antoine and Krishna got started with their doubles first and encountered a rather rocky start, crashing out in the first set, eventually tugging back momentum in the second, but missing out in the final 10-point tiebreak (1-6 6-2 10-5). Meanwhile, James cruised to a comfortable straight sets victory with elegant efficiency and Pascal lost a tough contest against his adept American adversary. In the next round of matches, Antoine’s huge shot-making and confident consistency dominated the court, outclassing his opponent. Krishna lost an unfortunate and frustrating match (6-2 6-1), while Pascal and James rapidly dispatched the Oxford top pair with admirable skill and honed precision. The match resulted in a 6-6 draw, and lessons learnt will surely be carried into preparations for Varsity 2019.

Cambridge W2 VS UEA W1

24th October 2018

Magda, Charlotte, Zoi and Elys sealed a 10-2 victory against UEA in their first match of the 2018/19 season. Round 1: At number 4, Elys was on and off the court before the others had even completed a set! She won easily 6-0 and 6-2. At 3, Zoi’s match was a marathon three-setter. After almost 2hrs and some moral support from the boyfriend (we could all do with a Jack in our lives!), Zoi won 10-3 in the third set match tiebreak. Meanwhile, Charlotte and Magda has a frustrating doubles into a well-practiced pair, never quite getting into it. They lost after three sets: 6-7, 0-6, 10-12. Round 2: now 2 games to 1 up, it was all to play for. Magda , playing at 1, won in three sets, 7-6, 0-6, 10–5. At number 2, Charlotte won 6-3, 6-3 in a match of long games and rallies. And finally, Zoi and Elys made a good pairing and ( fortunately... read more

Cambridge W1 vs Nottingham W3

24th October 2018

Today’s W1s team, Hannah, Sam, Georgina and Alba, headed to the beautiful town of Letchworth to play against Nottingham’s third team. Once we arrived and did our warm up Sam and Georgina were first on court with their doubles and Hannah and Alba with their singles. First off was Alba with a 6-2 6-2 win over her opponent. Next with a very close match were Sam and Georgina who lost their doubles 7-6 6-3. Despite some good tennis Hannah lost her singles 6-3 6-3. For the second round of matches Sam and Georgina played their singles and Hannah and Alba played their doubles. Sam was first off with a 6-0 6-4 match with the longest rallies from the journey. Hannah and Alba finished their day with a 6-4 3-6 10-7 win after battling to return their opponents big serves. Hannah was very happy to have scored her first win of the season (many more to come)! Georgina finished last with... read more

Cambridge M2 vs UEA M1

18th October 2018

The rematch between Cambridge M2 and East Anglia M1 was a dramatic encounter. On arriving at the venue in Norwich, both teams were horrified to discover that they would be playing the match on clay. Although Pepe (who had some clay experience) had no difficulty, the rest of us were thrown by the irregular bounce and the less stable footing. Tom and Pepe got Cambridge off to the best possible start by cruising to victory in their doubles, 6-2 6-3. Tibo’s match was also relatively straightforward despite a blip in the second set, where he made the mistake of feeding his opponent’s big forehand. He sorted out his tactics in the third set, keeping it to his opponent’s much weaker backhand, and won 6-2 3-6 6-0. Sol’s singles match was the most tense and exciting battle. He won the first set 6-3 but his opponent was making a lot of balls and playing tenaciously. The East Anglia player took the... read more