After some threatening drizzle in the morning, the weather cleared up nicely and two matches were played today.
Carol and Michael Clarke provided their excellent annual tea which is generally regarded as the pinnacle of the West Heath social tennis tea season to which everyone should aspire.
In a tight match Moira Duncan & Bruce Rigal beat Vandana & Dhananjay Talwar in the Champions tie-break . Vandana played well at the net and Dhananjay’s serve improved as the match went on. And it was one of those matches where the losing side won the most games. Bruce and Moira started a little nervously but played consistently to take the first set on the tie-break. In the second set the Talwars were rampant and took it 6-2. But Bruce and Moira then played consistently and calmly in the Champions tie-break in which they led 7-2 at one point. But the Talwars came back to level at 8 all before Bruce and Moira stopped their momentum to seal the match with a 7-6[7-5] 2-6 [10-8] win.
Jasper Tressider and Mark Webb had a two-hour battle in the singles. Jasper took the first set 7-5 but Mark was then warmed up and took the second set 6-3. In the final set Jasper pulled ahead to 5-2 before Mark broke back to 5-4. Mark then had a point for 5-5 but missed his backhand pass down the line, eventually giving Jasper a 7-5 3-6 6-4 victory. [final set score corrected to 6-4 from 6-3]