Top ladies claim a hard-fought win

Bourne Tennis Club 10&U mixed team. From left, Dylan Taylor, Toby Everist, Nicholas Smith and Tim Schoutsen
Bourne Tennis Club 10&U mixed team. From left, Dylan Taylor, Toby Everist, Nicholas Smith and Tim Schoutsen
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BOURNE’S top ladies’ tennis team fought their way to a hard-earned 6-3 win over Grantham 1sts by virtue of a strong showing by first pair Harriet May and Lisa Edwards.

Harriet and Lisa never looked remotely worried in their three rubbers, cruising to 6-2, 6-3 and 6-2, 6-1 wins over Grantham’s bottom pair without ever having to step up into top gear.

Their excellent showing was capped off by a superb 6-3, 6-2 win over Grantham’s otherwise unbeatable first pair in a display of incredible shot-making and power.

Second pair Merryn Kelby and captain Helen Whitfield could not match Harriet and Lisa’s inspired form but showed great resilience to come through their opening rubber 6-1, 1-6, 10-6, shrugging off the surprise loss of the second set.

Boosted by that win, they strolled to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Grantham’s third pair but could make no headway against their first pair in a 3-6, 0-6 defeat that, given the preceding results, was effectively irrelevant.

Third pair Lisa Gauci and Megan Hill also got off to a strong start in a 6-1, 6-4 opening win and carried that form into their second rubber, but Grantham’s first pair proved too strong as Lisa and Megan went down 6-7 4-6.

With the wind taken out of their sails, their closing rubber was a low-key 2-6, 3-6 loss but it took nothing away from an excellent Bourne win to open the season in style.

l BOURNE Tennis Club’s 16 and under Boys team turned in a superlative performance to defy the odds and shock a far stronger Grantham side, avenging a 6-0 defeat to the same team last year.

Forced to travel without a full side, Bourne started the match 0-2 down, having forfeited one singles and one doubles rubber.

It wasn’t long before they were back on track, however, as third seed Liam Duckworth cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win in his singles match. Second seed Ed Nation was finished even quicker, dominating throughout in a brutal 6-1, 6-1 victory.

l BOURNE’s junior tennis team gave their promotion challenge a huge boost last week with a flawless 9-0 demolition of local rivals Deeping E, conceding just 22 games over nine rubbers.

Matt Hassall and Tom Cooke battled their way to a gritty 8-5 win, secured by virtue of a single break of serve while Ed Nation and Tom Hill, and Will Palmer and Jack Mangieri cruised to victory in their opening rubbers. Will and Jack sped through their opener, collecting a rare 13-0 victory.

All three pairs enjoyed further wins with the match was closed out in style by Matt and Tom, who never looked in danger of dropping a game in a second 13-0 win of the night to maintain Bourne’s unbeaten record.

l BOURNE’S 10 and under team turned in their best-ever performance but it was not enough to defy the odds against an experienced Grantham side.

Grantham’s top seed was a far more powerful player than any Bourne had come up against, so it was no surprise when Toby Everist and Nicholas Smith were defeated 0-4, 0-4 in the opening doubles.

Bourne appeared to be on the brink of defeat but Tim Schoutsen and Dylan Taylor mounted a strong comeback, shrugging off the loss of the first set to come through 3-5, 4-1, 10-7 in a tense final tiebreak.

Bourne were still in need of both remaining singles rubbers and Dylan provided, dominating with his serve in a fairly untroubled 4-1, 4-0 win.

Hopes of forcing a deciding rubber lay on Tim’s shoulders but, struggling with a sprained wrist, he could not provide the necessary heroics, going down 3-5, 1-4 in a brave fight.