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St. Budeaux Tennis Club Championships 2017

 

There was a big entry for the 2017 Championships, where Matt Lloyd completed a hat trick by winning the Men’s Singles title for the third year in succession. There is a new name on the Ladies Singles trophy with Chanelle Belcher winning for the first time.  The singles events were played during the evening in misty conditions and a steady drizzle, which made the court surface slippery and at times handicapped the player’s movements.

 

Lloyd faced two times previous winner Matt Redshaw in the final, which went to three sets.  Redshaw started the more confident player and went 3-0 and 4-2 ahead.  Lloyd then got more into the rallies to lead 5-4. Redshaw replied with his best spell of tennis, to win the next three games for the set at 7-5.   The winning run continued, with Redshaw going 2-0 up in the second set.  Play was evenly contested until Redshaw looked to be in sight of a two set win when 5-4, 30-30 ahead. The title that seemed to be in his grasp, was suddenly taken from him, as Lloyd fought back to take the set at 7-5, and then never looked back. A close third set battle was anticipated, but Lloyd upped his standard of play to take command.  Lloyd produced an almost perfect display of power tennis, and although Redshaw did not play badly, it was the almost total control from Lloyd that won him the set by an incredible 6-0, and the match and title by 5-7,7-5,6-0. Ironically, last year, Lloyd also won the third set in the final by 6-0, against Neil Hunt.

 

In the semi-finals Lloyd had to overcome strong resistance from Martin Hill before winning 5-7,6-4,6-3 but it was much easier for Redshaw, who beat another former champion Paul Wardle 6-2,6-3.

 

Chanelle Belcher met Nikki Aitken in the final of the Ladies Singles, winning in straight sets. Aitken has a terrific competitive streak to her game and always fights for every point, but in singles play had to give second best to her stronger hitting opponent. Belcher has brought a steadier approach to her game, and has hard ground strokes on both wings. Aitken rarely had the strength of shot to trouble Belcher, but full credit to her for her resilience. In a match where attack proved to be too good for defence, Belcher deservedly won by 6-1,6-2. 

There were two excellent matches in the semi-finals.  Belcher had to be at her best, particularly in the first set, to defeat Toni Lloyd 7-6, 6-3, and in a match played over two evenings, Aitken finally outlasted Sam Conroy, to win by 6-4,2-6,6-3.

 

Neil Hunt and Redshaw held on to their Men’s Doubles title with a straight sets win over Ricky Palmer and Martin Hill. It was an absorbing match, where all four players made significant contributions. For Palmer and Hill, it was a case of not capitalising on leads in each set, and allowing Hunt and Redshaw to make recoveries.  Hunt and Redshaw led 3-2 in the first set, but then Palmer and Hill took over, to go 5-4 ahead and with a set point.  Failure to take advantage proved costly, as Hunt and Redshaw won the tenth game and then the set at 7-5. Hunt and Redshaw made it five games in a row with a 2-0 second set lead, when Palmer and Hill rattled their opponents to win five games of their own, to go 5-2 ahead, again with a set point. A third set looked to be a distinct possibility, but again the set point was not taken. Thus reprieved, the next four games were won by Hunt and Redshaw for a 6-5 lead. Palmer and Hill took the set to a tie break, but Hunt and Redshaw won it comfortably 7-3, and the match 7-5,7-6(7-3).  A narrow win for Hunt and Redshaw in a first class match, but a case of “if only” for Palmer and Hill. 

 

The top two club pairs contested the Ladies Doubles final. The A team second pair of Belcher and Toni Lloyd started well, taking a 2-0 lead over the A team first pair of Kate Gibbons and Nikki Aitken. Unfortunately for Belcher and Lloyd the lead did not last, as Gibbons and Aitken established their superiority, and although many games reached deuce, Belcher and Lloyd won just one more game, as Gibbons and Aitken won comfortably  6-2,6-1.

 

Hunt and Aitken have been runners up in the Mixed Doubles event for several years, but now have gone one better, with a win over Chris Williams and Gibbons. Williams has won the event eleven times, and Gibbons thirteen, seven of them together, but 2017 was not to be their year. Hunt and Aitken started as they meant to continue, taking the rallies to their opponents, and not allowing them to settle. After dropping the first game, Hunt and Aitken never looked back, winning the first   set 6-1 and going 3-0 up in the second set.  Williams and Gibbons have probably never lost nine consecutive games before.  There was a brief rally to 3-4 by Williams and Gibbons, but a chance to level at 4-4 was lost by two double faults. Hunt and Aitken, after that minor scare, finally won by 6-1, 6-4, thoroughly deserving victory by being the more positive pair throughout.

 

Awards for being the most improved player in the Club were won by Gary Symons and Toni Lloyd, and Ricky Palmer won the Gladys Tucker trophy for Services to the Club.

 

Results: 

Men’s Singles- M. Lloyd beat M. Redshaw 5-7,7-5,6-0

Ladies Singles - C. Belcher beat N. Aitken 6-1,6-2.

Men’s Doubles - N. Hunt/M. Redshaw beat M. Hill/R. Palmer 7-5,7-6.

Ladies Doubles - K. Gibbons/N. Aitken beat C. Belcher/T. Lloyd 6-2,6-1.

Mixed Doubles - N. Hunt/N. Aitken beat C. Williams/K. Gibbons 6-1,6-4.



St. Budeaux Tennis Championships 2013
It was turn the clock back time for several players in the St. Budeaux Tennis Championships, with four of them regaining titles won many seasons earlier.

Pride of place went to Neil Hunt, who won the Men’s Singles, with his previous win being in 2006. Hunt did well to win in a strong and competitive field and had to beat two previous winners to take the title. Hunt has been playing well all season and it was his never say die attitude and wholehearted endeavour that secured success. In his semi-final, Hunt beat five times previous winner Paul Wardle in straight sets, to face the 2012 winner Matt Lloyd in the final. Lloyd had to come back from the brink of defeat in his semi- final, being 5-7; 1-4 down, before turning his match against Chris Williams around, to win by 5-7 ; 7-5 ; 6-4. Hunt was giving 30 years away to Lloyd, but in another combative display, in windy and wet conditions, he proved to be the more consistent player, to win by 6-3 ; 7-6.

Kate Gibbons, by far the club's best lady player, and with seven previous titles to her name, had not entered the event since 2003. In the final Gibbons met the holder Nikki Aitken . Although the score-line of 6-1 ; 6-2 would seem to indicate an easy win, Aitken played well in many of the rallies but in the end had to give second best to the power and range of shot from Gibbons.

Williams and Wardle last won the Men’s Doubles in 2008 and their final opponents were Matt Redshaw and Ashley Scoble. Pre match predictions were varied, with the deciding factor possibly centring on how the more defensive style of Williams and Wardle would cope with the all out hitting and attacking play from Redshaw and Scoble. Williams and Wardle surprised everyone by producing by far their best tennis for a long time and with much more aggression than we normally see from them. They deservedly won the match in forty five minutes by 6-1 ; 6-2. Williams and Gibbons, winners in 2003, paired up again and justified their position of being the favourites, to win the Mixed Doubles event by defeating Hunt and Aitken 6-1 ; 6-3.

Gibbons completed a hat trick of wins when she partnered Nancy O'Connor in the Ladies Doubles and they were too good for Janet Butler and Viv Sargeant by 6-0 ; 6-1.

There was consolation for Butler in winning the Ladies Over 50 Singles.
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Tournament BBQ
On the 18th August over 20 members enjoyed an American tournament - followed by a BBQ organised by Nikki Aitken and Ricky Palmer. All those envolved had a great time and wish to thank the organisers for a great event.
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New Community Tennis Programme for Juniors and Adults in 2013 / 14
The Club is embarking on a Community programme to offer the chance to play Tennis to all ages and abilities.

Junior sessions are on Saturday mornings with coaching and a chance to learn how to play.

It is hoped to start sessions for Adults who may want to learn or return to Tennis - times to be arranged.

There are still vacancies if you wish to join as a Tennis playing member and the Club is still looking for potential league standard players.

You are always welcome to call at the Club to see what we have to offer - there is normally someone at the Club most evenings ,weekends or Tuesday or Thursday mornings - or contact as below.

Full details from
Debbie Hale tel: 07879 493064  email:  stbudeauxtennisclub@hotmail.com
or
David Wiliams tel: 01752 365526 email:  dwilliams66@toucansurf.com

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St. Budeaux Tennis Championships 2012
Twenty year old Matt Lloyd won three titles in the 2012 St. Budeaux Championships.
In winning the Mens Singles for the first time he defeated five times former champion Paul Wardle in straight sets. Wardle took a 3-2 lead in the first set but Lloyd won the next three games to lead 5-3. Wardle then served to save the set but Lloyd was not to be denied breaking the serve on his second set point. Lloyd then went into a 3-2 second set lead but as on so many previous occasions Wardle never gives up and with determination he won the next two games easily for a 4-3 lead and then led 5-4. The resistance from Wardle was finally beaten by the all round attacking play from Lloyd, who at 6-5 won on his first match point.
The holder of the Mens singles, Matt Redshaw, was beaten in the second round by Neil Hunt, 6-0 ; 6-3. In the best match of the Championships Lloyd beat Hunt 4-6 ; 7-6 ; 7-5 at the Semi final stage. Wardle defeated Chris Williams 6-0; 6-2 in the other Semi final.
Sisters Nicola and Toni Aitken again contested the Ladies Singles Final . 17 year old Toni held the title and against 28 year old Nicola had a fairly comfortable first set win by 6-3. The pattern of play began to change in the second set when Nicola went into a 3-0 lead . Toni fought back to 3-2 but Nicola held her nerve to take the set at 6-4. The third set saw Nicola take full advantage of any unforced errors from Toni to take a commanding lead of 4-1 and victory was in sight. Nicola kept her three game lead to win the set 6-3 and win the title and avenge last year's defeat.
The Aitken sisters paired up in an attempt to retain the Ladies Doubles event. Their opponents Joan McGregor and Helen Foote played much the better tennis in the first set and with the Aitkens making mistakes, McGregor and Foote took full advantage to win the set 6-2. More consistent play from the Aitkens gave them a 3-2 second set lead and from that point they were rarely in trouble, winning the next three games for the second set at 6-2, and then not dropping a game in the third set for a 2-6 ; 6-3 ; 6-0 win.
Matt Lloyd and Matt Redshaw retained the Mens Doubles by defeating Neil Hunt and Simon Yeo in three sets. The match was characterised by powerful hitting by all four players and good net play from Hunt and Yeo. Lloyd and Redshaw were never behind in the first set and from 3-0 won it 6-3. Hunt and Yeo were by far the better pair in the second set and with more variety in their play came through by 6-2. Lloyd and Redshaw took control early in the third set for 2-0 and from 3-2 they won the next three games for victory by 6-3 ; 2-6 ; 6-2.
Lloyd completed his hat trick of titles by winning the Mixed Doubles with Viv Sargeant against Wardle and Nancy O'Connor. Lloyd and Sargeant recovered from 2-3 in the first set to win it 6-3. Wardle and O'Connor led 3-1 in the second set but lost the next three games The eighth game proved to be decisive as after five deuces Lloyd finally won his serve for 5-3 and then Lloyd and Sargeant broke serve for the set at 6-3 and the match at 6-3 ; 6-4.
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St. Budeaux Tennis Championships 2011
Royal Mail's Postman Matt ( Redshaw ) delivered a first class service by not only retaining his Mens Singles title but adding the Mens and Mixed Doubles titles as well.
In the Mens Singles final it was a repeat of the 2010 event against Paul Wardle with Redshaw again winning by two sets to one. Throughout the match service was never a deciding feature as both players returned service consistently well. In the first set Redshaw after leading 2-0 was never behind and won the set 6-4 in 45 minutes. Redshaw went 1-0 up in the second set before Wardle won four of the next five games to lead 4-2 and then 5-3. Wardle lost serve for 5-4 but then broke back immediately to win the set 6-4.
Wardle looked the more composed player at the start of the final set and led 2-1 and 3-2. Redshaw then came into his own and although rallies were still keenly contested he won the next four games, conceding only a further seven points for the set at 6-3 and the match 6-4 ; 4-6 ; 6-3.
Redshaw then teamed up with Matt Lloyd against the 2010 Mens Doubles winners Simon Yeo and Ashley Scoble. Redshaw and Lloyd were the pre match favourites as they had played together regularly in the last year whilst Yeo and Scoble had not partnered each other since the 2010 final. Yeo and Scoble started in a very confident and attacking manner and after being 2-1 in arrears won the next three games for 4-2. Redshaw and Lloyd came back with a run of three games themselves to go 5-4 up. Yeo won his serve as did Redshaw for 6-5 and then in a game of six deuces Scoble lost his serve for 7-5 to Redshaw and Lloyd. Yeo and Scoble made a slow start to the second set as Redshaw and Lloyd took a 4-0 lead. This proved to be decisive as although Yeo and Scoble reduced the arrears to 4-2 and 5-3, Lloyd served out the ninth game for the set at 6-3 and the match 7-5 ; 6-3.
16 year old Toni Aitken is the Ladies Singles champion after beating her elder sister Nicola in the final. Toni has shown greatly improved form this season and Nicola was fearing that she might not provide much resistance to Toni. Nicola had no reason to worry as she was in the match throughout and more than held her own particularly in the longer rallies. Toni led 2-0 but with Nicola defending well she came right back into the set to lead 4-3. At 4-4 Toni lost only one point in the next two games to win the set 6-4. Nicola again was in the lead in the second set going 4-2 ahead as Toni lost her length with shots over the baseline. However just in time, with more control, she steadied her game and came through well, winning the next four games for the set at 6-4 and the match 6-4 ; 6-4.
The Aitken sisters teamed up in the Ladies Doubles final to meet Viv Sargeant and Nancy 0'Connor in what turned out to be the closest of the five finals. In very windy conditions Sargeant and O'Connor were the better pair in the first set making fewer mistakes in winning the set 6-3. The Aitken sisters from 2-0 up in the second set were caught at 2-2, but won the next four games to win the set 6-2. The final set saw Sargeant and O'Connor recover from 0-3 to lead 4-3. With tense play from all four players the set went to a tie break. Toni and Nicola saved a match point before finally narrowly winning the tie break 8-6 for the title at 3-6 ; 6-2 ; 7-6 (8-6)
There was success for Sargeant in the Mixed Doubles event when with Redshaw they defeated Lloyd and Toni Aitken. Redshaw and Sergeant lost first set leads of 2-1 and 3-2 before leading 6-5. Aitken then won serve to take the set to a tie break which Lloyd and Aitken won by 7-5. Torrential rain then caused abandonment of play for the day. Resuming 24 hours later Lloyd and Aitken led 1-0 in the second set but then the match swung the way of Redshaw and Sargeant who won nine of the next ten games for the second set and a 3-0 third set lead. Lloyd and Aitken did pull back to 3-2 but from then on despite a long last game there was really only one winner as Redshaw and Sargeant won the set 6-2 and the match 6-7 (5-7) ; 6-2 ; 6-2.
by David Williams