Tennis competitions underway

Ant Walkenhorst was part of the victorious Rapaura Wairau River Blanc combination. Photo: Peter Jones.

The 2020 Marlborough Tennis Association’s Wine Brokers NZ premier tennis competition kicked off with some entertaining encounters on Wednesday evening.

In division the favoured teams prevailed – Rapaura Wairau River Blanc beating Marlborough Forrest Wines 6-0 and defending champions Renwick CPR easing past Rapaura Wairau River Noir 5-1.

In the first match, the Rapaura Blanc combination of Glen Cameron, Ant Walkenhorst, Donna Clark and Hiro Kishida proved too strong across both doubles and singles, winning each match in straight sets.

In the other, the Renwick team of Oscar Sandford-Jury, Dave Sandford, Joseph Sandford-Jury and Mieko Kimura also notched a comfortable victory, Oscar and his father Dave beating Ben Burridge and Jared Bell 6-1, 6-3 in the top doubles match to open their side’s account.

Of note was Rapaura youngster Ella Sowman’s 6-2, 6-4 singles win in her first premier match, providing her team’s single point.

In division two the scorelines were closer.

Renwick Rallycats, comprising Daniel Riordan, Luan Muir, Jason Anderson and Geoff Duckett, downed Rapaura Wairau River Rose 4-2. Two of the matches won by Renwick went to a super tiebreaker while Tony Fenemor and Eveline van der Linden claiming singles wins for Rapaura in what is shaping as a tight competition.

To illustrate that point, the other division two match ended 3-3, Marlborough Nga Hau e Wha taking the honours 8-7 on countback over Marlborough Next Gen.

The winning team won both doubles, the top match between Next Gen’s Joe Yank and William Poff, against Jan Dexter Cabiling and Ivan Fedoryshchev being decided in a super tiebreaker 6-3, 3-6, 10-6.

Presidents grade also kicked off this week, with teams doing battle across four grades around the various courts of Marlborough.

WK+ Presidents Grade Results from October 13.

Division 1: Rapaura Masters 2 (27) Rapaura Wairau River 2 (29); Grovetown Grove Tavern Top Shelf 3 Rapaura Just Move 1; Renwick Netsetters 0 MTC Chilli 4.

Division 2: MTC Volleyeurs 1 MTC Swallows 3; Rapaura Matadors 1 MTC Power 3; MTC Marvels 4 Renwick Mighty Four 0; Rapaura Newhawkes 3 Rapaura Pinot 1.

Division 3: Renwick Miss Hits 0 MTC Tennis the Menace 4; Rapaura Chardonnay 1 Renwick Re-strung 3; Grovetown Grove Tavern Turf & Tackle v Renwick Rookies n/s; Renwick Rebels 1 Renwick Racketeers 3.

Division 4: Rapaura Defenders 0 Rapaura Shiraz 4; MTC Boom Boom Time 4 Grovetown Grove Tavern Platters 0; Renwick Racquets 2 (28) Renwick Rascals 2 (22).

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