2014 Finals Day
Finals Day at Wokingham Tennis Club was an action packed day of tennis from start to finish. Starting with three close singles matches, during which the players moved the ball well around the court to create the opportunity for a winner, or to force the error from their opponent. This made them very entertaining games to watch.
In the men’s singles between David May and Zeljko Juric, the first two games took 25 minutes! Needless to say this was one match that went to 3 sets with several swings of fortune throughout, David May coming back from 1-4 down in the 3rd set to take the match 6-3 4-6 6-4.
The ladies consolation final between Helen Judd and Karen Fowler was virtually the same score, after many long rallies, Helen won in the end. In the main ladies final, Sue Elsbury eventually overpowered Anna Childs with some good serving and powerful groundstrokes.
The good crowd of spectators were then entertained by some great doubles matches. Sue along with Vanessa Wait proving too strong for Cathy Barnes and Helen Judd. In her third final, the ladies drawn doubles consolation, Sue was once again victorious with her partner Daphne Dunkley finishing the match with a cracking deep forehand.
The main event of the drawn ladies doubles saw Cathy Barnes, this time partnered by Lisa Cox retain the title they won last year with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Anna Childs and Susan Richards. The score did not reflect the closeness of the game.
Due to illness, one of the players Duncan Coles, a longstanding member of the club, stepped in to make sure that the 3 other players played a match on Finals Day. This exhibition game was very entertaining to watch and was extremely close with some quick fire volley exchanges. Duncan and Clive Phillips eventually won 6-4 7-6. This match will be replayed at a later date with Clive’s original partner Mike Childs.
In the Men’s doubles event David May, along with Darren Dunmow refaced Zeljko Juric who was partnered by Paul Hancock. In almost a re run of the singles match, another 3 setter; once again the play was very entertaining with some powerful serving, long rallies and good net play. This time it was Paul and Zeljko who came back from 4-1 down in the final set to win the match.
Paul was also victorious in a consolation final with Dan Nadel ( no not Nadal !!), where he showed effective use of the lob in slightly unpredictable breezy and sunny conditions; making it very difficult for his opponents.
The final game of the day was the mixed doubles final, the third game of the day for Cathy, Karen and Zeljko ( also known as Kuki). For this match, Karen and Kuki sported matching T-shirts with Big K and Little K printed on front and back. Once again this was a very entertaining game, Kuki’s powerful serve proving to be a deciding factor in the end.
A very successful day of tennis for both players and spectators along with a fabulous selection of food to sustain everyone