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Tennis leaders pull away

Hamish McRae. Photo: Supplied.

Renwick CPR extended their lead in the Winebrokers premier tennis competition with a comprehensive win at Pollard Park on Wednesday.

They downed Marlborough Forrest Wines 8-1, showing strength throughout their line-up.

Oscar Sandford-Jury and his father, Dave Sandford, opened proceedings with a 6-3, 6-2 win in a family match-up against Jay and Luca Geris.

Chris Nott and Joseph Sandford-Jury followed up with a 6-1, 6-1 win in the No 2 men’s double to set the tone. Marlborough’s only win of the ties came in the men’s No 3 single when Nott defaulted with shoulder issues.

Renwick’s Meiko Kimura took out the ladies singles 6-3, 6-2 over Sandy Stubbs.

Meanwhile, in a Rapaura derby on the grass courts, Rapaura Wairau Noir defeated Rapaura Wairau Blanc 6-3.

The No 1 men’s double clash turned into a classic, with Blanc’s Ant Walkenhorst and Stephen Dempster outlasting Hamish McRae and Hugh Robinson 6-4, 2-6, 10-7.

Brendon Sutherland and Tony Fenemor levelled the tie with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Hiro Kishida and Richard Marfell, then Glen Cameron and promising newcomer Sina Walter put Noir ahead with a 5-7, 6-1, 11-9 victory in the mixed, over Ben Burridge and Donna Clark.

Singles victories to McRae, Cameron, Sutherland and Fenemor decided the tie in favour of Noir, although Blanc picked up two more wins, Walter having to default her ladies singles clash after rolling her ankle and Burridge winning his singles.

Standings after three rounds: Renwick CPR 50, Rapaura Wairau Blanc 30, Rapaura Wairau Noir 28, Marlborough Forrest Wines 20.

 

WK+ Presidents Grade results, October 29.

Division 1: MTC Chilli 0 Rapaura Wairau River 4; MTC Power 2 (25) Grovetown Grove Tavern Top Shelf 2 (26); Rapaura Masters 3 Rapaura Just Move 1.

Division 2: Rapaura Pinot 4 Renwick Mighty Four 0; MTC Roger Townley Construction 4 Rapaura Matadors 0; Rapaura Newhawkes 2 (25) MTC Swallows 2 (28); MTC Volleyeurs 1 MTC Swifts 3.

Division 3: MTC Bjorn Again 1 Renwick Rookies 3; Grovetown Grove Tavern Turf & Tackle 0 Rapaura Chardonnay 4; Renwick Rebels 2 (28) MTC Tennis the Menace 2 (30); Renwick Netsetters 4 Renwick Re-strung 0.

Division 4: Renwick Serve us a Double! 4 Rapaura Vines 0; Rapaura Shiraz 3 Grovetown Grove Tavern Platters 1; Renwick Racquets a bye.

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