Colston Ladies v Blewbury, Sunday 19th April 2015

Colston Ladies v Blewbury, Sunday 19th April 2015

Before I start the match report, our final position  for the winter league was 4th, just 2 points behind Faringdon in 3rd. So a great result and thanks to all who played throughout the winter , usually in less favourable conditions!
The next ladies social tennis night is Monday 27th April from 7.30pm, it is open to any club member so please ask other ladies who don’t necessarily play in the team to come along, for a relaxed couple of hours of tennis.
If anyone is free to play in an away match on Saturday 9th May, please let me know.
Now to todays match report:
Todays match was away at Blewbury, so another picturesque but long drive although easy to find…..
The weather was cloudy, with some light wind, so cooler great conditions  for tennis.
Today’s first pair were Amy and Teresa and they hadn’t played together before so the first set whizzed by 1-6 to a confident second pair. During the second set they stayed with the Blewbury pair and Amy was firing some great shots down the lines and Teresa was volleying well making it harder work for Blewbury, but they unfortunately lost the second set 3-6.
Meanwhile “Team Horner” were full of anticipation and eager to start play. ( Rosie stepped in at the last minute as I was struggling to get a 4th player for today!. It  was her first experience of ladies league tennis….)
We made a slow start and before we had even thought about it had lost the first set  to love. Their first pair were experienced , but steady so we tried to move them around to some success and with nearly every game going to Deuce had some great tennis. Unfortunately we were unable to convert these deuces and lost the second set 1-6.
 The second round started promptly , Teresa and Amy had a flying start and took the first set 6-3, their experienced first pair came back in the second set and took it 6-2. We had already decided to do a tie break instead of the third set and Amy and Teresa were unlucky to seal a win, but pushed the Blewbury pair to the end and made them work for the win in the tiebreak.
Rosie and I decided to try and improve on the first match and started strongly, my serves were now going in, which always helps and Rosie was whipping some great forehand returns deep into the corner, which were either outright winners or produced an easy volley for me to finish off. Team Horner were staying with the Blewbury second pair, but unfortunately succumbed to Blewbury losing the first set 3-6. The second set started similar to the first with some long games and lots of deuces, the long games were taking their toll on us and with a lack of concentration towards the end we lost the second set 2-6. So an unfortunate result of 0-4 overall, so we can only improve from here ladies! As ever the scores don’t reflect the quality of tennis produced today, there was some great shots and teamwork all afternoon. Well played everyone.
Emma

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