Defending champion Clive Moody dominated the opening rounds of Bourne Tennis Club’s Men’s Singles Championships 2012 but he will be joined in September’s final by 16-year-old Matt Hassall, competing in his first adult event at Bourne.
Clive swept through the group stage for the loss of only three games across four sets, while Matt enjoyed three comprehensive wins and a 0-6 defeat to Clive to secure second place.
Third place in the group went to Alex Yung, with two 6-1 wins, while the make-up of the semi-final draw was completed by Tim Bradley, who made it through at the expense of the youngest competitor in the draw, Jack Mangieri, after a thrilling 6-3 win.
Tim, having been 4-0 to the good, was forced to stave off Jack’s comeback late on and just managed to scrap his way to two more games that handed him a daunting semi-final against the undefeated Clive.
Tim had managed some success against Clive in the group stage, earning two games against him, but Clive was in irrepressible form.
Despite Tim’s best efforts, the favourite won 6-1, 6-0 to book his place in the final and continue his reign as Bourne’s most successful player of the last decade.
The other semi-final was a more gruelling affair, as both Matt and Alex were suffering from fatigue and the match was marred by two incidents of cramp.
Matt battled through eventually, though, winning 6-1, 6-2 to book a surprise place on Finals Day in September.
The men’s and ladies’ singles finals will take place on Sunday September 9 at Bourne Tennis Club. Spectators are welcome. More details will be available nearer the time.