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Tennis finals day a big hit

Bognor Lawn Tennis Club served up a day of fierce friendly competition for the annual finals day.


The ladies singles started the matches with newcomer to the club Pippa Holliday playing against Stella Smith.


Pippa won the first five games, giving her a strong and early lead, winning the first set.


However, Stella fought back to win the second set and took an initial lead in the third. Pippa came back strongly and won the match 6-1 2-6 6 -3


The men’s singles was a father/son match and a repeat of last year’s final with six time winner Oli Callingham taking on father Robert.


It was a fast moving match with hard-hitting strokes by both players but Oli’s superior striking of the ball won through, taking his seventh crown with a 6-1 6-2 win.


The ladies doubles was a very competitive match between Jean Muglestone and Maree Loversidge against Stella Smith and Patti Francis-Kerr.


Jean and Maree raced into a 3-0 lead in the first set but Stella and Patti clawed it back to 3-3, despite Stella having played a three set singles match just 30 minutes previously.


The set continued to and fro before Jean and Maree took it 7-5. The second set was similarly competitive but once again Jean and Maree took it 6-4, giving them the match too.


Rick West and Cyril Penn took on Keith Savage and Neil O’Boyle in the men’s doubles.


The former were quick to dominate and won the first set 6-2. The game continued much the same into the second set with a repeated score of the first, making West and Penn the winners, 6-2 6-2.


The draw for partners’ final this year threw up an all mens’ match with Malcolm Ridley and Robin Tyler taking on Barney Ragless and Paul Woodwood, with the former winning the match 7-5 6-1.


In the veterans match, Jean Muglestone took to the court again with her partner Paul May and  were too good for Carol Jones and Neil O’Boyle.


The last match of the day was a closely contested mixed doubles between husband and wife Rick and Louise West and Patti Francis-Kerr and Gary Leadston. In a match that could have gone either way, both sets went to 5-5 before Patti and Gary pulled away to seal a 7-5 7-5 win.

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