Tennis women set up surprise victory

Martinborough scored an upset 5-4 win over previously unbeaten Masterton in their Wairarapa regional one tennis match on Saturday.

It was their women who paved the way for the Martinborough victory with Rhona Lovell and Carla Didsbury winning their singles matches and then combining for a doubles victory.

Lovell's singles win over the promising Georgia Atkinson was probably the individual highlight of the match, Lovell dropping the first set before taking out the next two.

Masterton called the tune in the men's singles where Luke Atkinson, Chad Parsons and Duncan Oakley all had victories and Atkinson and Parsons also won their doubles.

Former Wairarapa cricket captain Duncan Didsbury had a good day for Martinborough, winning his singles and doubles.

Scores, Martinborough names first:

Men's singles: Andy Darling lost to Luke Atkinson 5-7, 2-6; Bruce Lovell lost to Chad Parsons 1-6, 3-6; Carl Peterson lost to Duncan Oakley 2-6, 6-7; Duncan Didsbury beat Jamie McMaster 6-3, 6-1.

Women's singles: Rhona Lovell beat Geogia Atkinson 1-6, 6-3, 6-1; Carla Didsbury beat Zoe Paris 6-3, 6-2.

Men's doubles: Darling and Lovell lost to Atkinson and Parsons 2-6, 4-6; Peterson and Didsbury beat Oakley and McMaster 6-2, 6-2.

Women's doubles: Lovell and Didsbury beat Atkinson and Paris 6-1, 6-2.

The other regional one match saw Opaki secure a comfortable 7-2 win over Gladstone although their rivals were not helped by having to default one of their women's singles matches and the women's doubles.

Scores, Opaki names first:

Men's singles Stu Wyeth lost to Alistair McWilliam 4-6, 4-6; Brett Dymond beat Angus Preston 6-7, 7-6, 6-1; Chris Davidson beat John Gordon 6-1, 6-4; Jon McNab beat Mitchell Blackwood 6-3, 6-1.

Women's singles: Jan Wyeth lost to Sandy McNab 6-3, 1-6, 5-7

Men's doubles: Wyeth and Davidson beat McWilliam and Preston 6-1, 6-1; McNab and Dymond beat Gordon and Blackwood 6-1, 6-1.


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