WIMBLEDON CUP 2008


GRAND PRIX

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Wimbledon Cup
Report from Phil Rushworth

Top seed Dominique Lloyd-Walter put in a good solid performance against the up and coming youngster Deon Saffery, holding the middle of the court and forcing her opponent around the court digging balls out of the corners.

In the first Dom was able to get a small lead from the beginning and held onto it for to whole game with Deon always trying to make up the deficit. Dom closed out the game 11/8 on her second game ball.

The second was a similar story to the first with Dom establishing a lead and holding it for all of the game. There was a spirited comeback from Deon towards the end of the game to bring it back from 8/3 to 8/5 but Dom continued playing her controlled game and was able to finish the game 11/7

Deon started to find her shots in the early part of the third and was able to establish a good lead, but Dom settled back into her rhythm and won 6 points on the trot to win the match in convincing style.

Second seed Emma Beddoes controlled another youngster in the second ladies semi final, defeating Victoria Lust in an error strewn match with both players struggling to find their shots

The first game was dominated by Emma putting good runs of points together keeping Victoria at bay not allowing her anything to attack around the middle.

In the second Emma was able to control the game and played some good winning shots and was helped by several enforced errors by Victoria. Victoria also found it difficult to build the pressure on her opponent as Emma showed some good recovery shots to get herself out of trouble. There was a brief fight back from Victoria at the end of the game but it was all to late and Emma won the game on her 4th game ball.

The third was similar to the second with Victoria unable to build the pressure on her opponent causing her to force her shots usually resulting in her hitting the tin. Victoria managed to put together some runs of points going from 1/6 to all but Emma closed out the match 11/9

In the first of the menís semi finals the giant killer Jesse Englebrecht took on Joey Barrington, who had enjoyed a relatively easy passage through to the semi finals. The match was scrappy with both players leaving three-quarter lengths allowing the other to attack.

Jesse showed his speed and skill at the beginning of the first keeping Joey at bay and hitting some excellent drop shots and boasts but unfortunately for Jesse every winning shot that he hit two ended up hitting the tin. Joey was able to take the game 11/7 using some good retreating to build the pressure on his opponent.

The second was a similar story with Joey controlling the scrappy encounters showing some good retrieving abilities and was able to build the pressure on his opponent causing lots of unforced errors

In the final game Joey became the one who was making the errors and allowed Jesse back into the match and allowed him to have game ball. Joey was saved game ball and closed out the match 12/10.

The second semi-final between Peter Barker & Steve Meads resulted in a 3-0 win for Peter, Steve pushing Peter with some long rallies resulting with Peter producing the final quality shot. Both players showing excellent recovery in very tight areas to produce a very enjoyable match for the spectators.

 
Men's Draw
Final
Peter Barker
11/4, 11/9, 11/9
Joey Barrington
Women's Draw
Final
Dominique Lloyd-Walter
11/8, 11/9, 11/9
Emma Beddoes

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