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Kevin wins thrilling final Featured

Written by Bobby Kerr

Kevin Stephen wTHE eagerly anticipated over 40’s men’s final between current champion Kevin Stephen and Alastair Hope on day two of Helensburgh Tennis Club’s senior championships did not disappoint.

Last year it went all the way to a tie break decider with Kevin saving four match points to take the trophy from Alastair, who had won it almost every year since turning 40.

This year Kevin (right) got off to a flyer in the opening set before Alastair clawed his way back. At 5-4 30-30 on Alastair’s serve the watching crowd felt it was a Hope first set, but Kevin’s hit two great winners to break the serve and go on to win the next three games and take a one set lead.

Mens over 40s singles wIn the second set Kevin hit deep drive after deep drive to take a 5-2 lead, but everyone knows that you should never let your guard down against Alastair as he fought back to win the next two games.

At 5-4 down all he had to do was break Kevin’s serve but Kevin moved up a gear and served two amazing aces down Alastair’s backhand.

At 40-15 Alastair managed to save a match point but in the next rally Kevin hit a wide shot to Alastair’s backhand which he tried to put down the line, but Kevin anticipated it and was at the net to punch the volley away to take the title. 

Ladies over 40 singles wIn the ladies over 40’s final Jackie Hunter came up against last year’s runner up Alison Fotheringham. Alison quickly went 5-0 down in the opening set, but she managed to claw her way back to 5-3 before Jackie recovered to clinch the set 6-3.

In a bizarre second set Alison stormed to a 5-1 lead as Jackie’s concentration deserted her. Everyone was ready for a nail biting champions tie break to decide the match but gradually Jackie’s concentration returned and she broke Alison’s serve twice to level the set at 5-5.

Both players were looking tired but Jackie managed to force more and more errors from Alison and eventually took the set 7-5 and the title.

The men’s over 40’s doubles produced the closest match of the tournament. Phil Hamilton teamed up with Ralph Ward to take on Clive Charters and Colin Buchanan.

Colin and Clive went 4-1 ahead in the opening set then had two set points at 5- 4, 40-15 but could not find a winner. Ralph and Phil hung on to steal the set 7-5.

The second set saw Colin and Clive lead again at 5-4 but Phil and Ralph once again managed to find the shots to break serve and force a tie break at 6=6. In the end it was a clinical display in the tie break from Phil and Ralph as they took it 7-4 and the title.

Keith Love and Clive Charters beat Ralph Ward and Andrew Morison in the over 55 men’s doubles in a thrilling final. At one set all the champions tie break produced some brilliant rallies with Keith and Clive winning it 13-11.

In the ladies over 55’s doubles event Val Pace and Frankie Hanmer beat Phyllis Fullarton and Janette Howieson. The over 55’s mixed doubles event was decided on a champions tie break as Val Pace and Clive Charters beat Iain MacLaren and Jeanette Howieson 6-4, 3- 6, 10-5.

  • This Saturday sees the junior championships taking place, with boys and girls events in two age groups, 15 and under and 10 and under. The competition starts around midday and junior convenor Bobby Kerr will host a practice session before the event at 11am.

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