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Club Championships Men’s and Ladies Singles Results
The Stratford Tennis Club crowned its 2016 singles champions this week. With approximately 70 spectators ringing the courts it was a great night at the Club. Until rain delayed the end of one match. Titles were earned in men’s and ladies’ ‘A’ and ‘B’ divisions.
The men’s ‘A’ final was a classic. In a rematch of last years final, defending champion Grant McPherson faced off against Bob Tamblyn. McPherson earlier had won the Men’s ‘A’ doubles championship to go with his 2015 singles title. Tamblyn, the most decorated player in the modern history of the Club, had taken the Mixed ‘A’ doubles title this season. It was Tamblyn’s 29th ‘A’ championship in his storied career.
The battle between the Club’s top two players disappointed no one. McPherson got off to a great start using his power and aggressive play to break Tamblyn’s serve. Serving with a 4-3 lead McPherson ran into trouble. A couple double faults and heightened play by Tamblyn led to a break of serve to even the match. Tamblyn began to use McPherson’s aggressive play against him. With many lobs backing McPherson off the net and an inability to connect on his smashes Tamblyn took control. A second break of McPherson’s serve gave the first set to Tamblyn 6-4.
The 18 year old McPherson regained his form in the second set. Powerful ground strokes pushed Tamblyn behind the baseline and let McPherson control play. With his big serve and hard hitting returns McPherson had control of most rallies from the start. The second set went to McPherson 6-2.
A third set was needed to determine the 2016 champion. McPherson scored an early break of serve and seemed to be in control of the match. Tamblyn, who won the first of his 10 singles titles in 1988, proved he wasn’t going quietly. McPherson served for the match at 5 to 4 but Tamblyn fought back. Securing a service break to tie the set at 5 games all Tamblyn was back in the match. With the rain falling the match continued. In probably his best game of the match, McPherson broke Tamblyn’s serve with his powerful ground strokes overwhelming his opponent. Tamblyn needed to break serve to continue his hopes for another singles title. In a long game with each player have opportunities to take the game the fans were on the edge of their seats. McPherson continued his aggressive play coming forward as often as possible. On his second match point McPherson forced a floating backhand from Tamblyn and put his swinging forehand volley away to claim the championship.
The 4-6 6-2 7-5 victory gave McPherson his second straight men’s ‘A’ title. It was one of the great finals in the history of the Stratford Tennis Club.
The Men’s ‘B’ singles final was a battle of two first time finalists. 17 year old lefty Marcel Lundrigan would bring his big serve and heavy spin ground strokes to the match, while Graham Heaton would counter with his experience and hard hitting flat forehand. The match began with Lundrigan controlling play. With his serve getting him several easy points and very few errors Lundrigan cruised to a 6-1 win in the opening set.
The second set saw Heaton find his range on his powerful forehand. Heaton cut down on his errors and the set remained even. Lundrigan had a couple match points but Heaton would fight back. Eventually the set went to a tie breaker. Heaton held his nerve and took the tie breaker 7 points to 5 to send the match to a third and deciding set.
The third set had the teenager secure the first break of serve and control the set from the start. Up 5-3 and serving for the title Lundrigan would not be denied. A big service game gave Lundrigan a 6-1 6-7 6-3 victory and the 2016 Men’s ‘B’ championship.
The Ladies ‘A’ final was another rematch of last season’s championship match. 2015 champion Marta Andrekovic, who won her third Ladies ‘A’ doubles title on the weekend and her fourth Mixed ‘A’ double title the weekend before, would go for her second Ladies ‘A’ singles championship. Her opponent again would be Nicolle Crowley. 15 year old Crowley was vying for her first Ladies ‘A’ singles title to go with her two Ladies ‘B’ singles and two Mixed ‘B’ doubles titles.
The first set featured many long rallies and long games. Andrekovic’s big serving was matched by Crowley. Both ladies ran down balls and made the other work for every point. A late service break by Andrekovic secured the first set 6-4.
The second set was controlled by the challenger. Crowley made few errors and had Andrekovic on the run throughout the set. An impressive 6-2 win for Crowley sent the match to a decisive third set.
The third set saw rain falling and both players digging deep. Andrekovic broke Crowley’s serve to get the early lead. After holding her own serve Andrekovic broke Crowley a second time. Serving with a 3-0 lead Andrekovic seemed in complete control. However Crowley fought back, breaking Andrekovic’s serve and holding her own service game. At 3-2 in the final set the rain became too much and play was suspended. Play resumed the next afternoon, as did the rain. Crowley broke Andrekovic’s serve to even the match at 3 games each. But once again rain halted play. After a 3 hour rain delay the players returned to the court. Andrekovic would not be denied, either by her opponent or the weather. Andrekovic won three straight games to claim the set 6-3 and win the 2016 Ladies ‘A’ singles title.
With a repeat of her ‘A’ singles title Andrekovic won the triple crown. A dominating Club Championship run saw Andrekovic add a second Ladies ‘A’ singles title to her third Ladies ‘A’ doubles and fourth Mixed ‘A’ doubles crowns.
The Ladies ‘B’ singles final was the only championship match to not go three sets. Monica Eickmeyer and Heather Henke faced off for the title. Eickmeyer had won the Ladies ‘B’ singles in 2011 and in 2012 had won the Ladies ‘B’ doubles title. Henke had won the 2016 Mixed ‘B’ doubles title to go with her 2002 Ladies ‘B’ doubles , 2003 and 2004 Ladies ‘A’ doubles, and 2004 Mixed ‘B’ championships.
The match began with Eickmeyer controlling play with her ground strokes. The lefty spin gave Henke some trouble as she seemed on the defensive throughout the first set. Eickmeyer was smart and steady taking the first set 6-2.
The second set showed no let up by Eickmeyer. Continuing her controlling play Eickmeyer had Henke on the run from the start. The impressive 6-2 win in the second set gave the Ladies ‘B’ singles championship to Eickmeyer.
With the Open championship events now in the books the Club focuses on the junior championship events.
Picture : (l to r) Marcel Lundrigan (Men’s ‘B’ singles champion), Grant McPherson (Men’s ‘A’ singles champion), Marta Andrekovic (Ladies ‘A’ singles champion), Monica Eickmeyer (Ladies ‘B’ singles champion).
Club Championships Men’s and Ladies Doubles Results
The Club Championship tournaments for the Stratford Tennis Club continued this past weekend. After a busy weekend of play champions were crowned in the men’s and ladies doubles categories.
Sunday morning saw the semifinals take place in all events. The men’s ‘A’ doubles semis had several familiar faces. In one semifinal John and Luke Fischer took on John Noble and Richard Bast. John Fischer had won the title last season (with Shannon Dyke as partner), while Bast and Noble have won the title in the past. The Fischer brothers were not to be denied and posted an impressive 6-2 6-1 victory. So John Fischer advanced to his second consecutive final and brother Luke , back after an injury last season, advanced to his first ‘A’ doubles final.
The second semifinal saw Shannon Dyke and Grant McPherson face Kurt Eickmeier and Zdenko Andrekovic. Dyke, with two different partners, is the two time defending champion, while McPherson was a losing finalist last season. Eickmeier has won the title twice in the past while Andrekovic was in his first ‘A’ semifinal. The very competitive match ended with Dyke and McPherson advancing to the final with a 7-5 6-3 win.
The final saw Dyke and McPherson playing at the top of their game. McPherson showed off the power of his game while Dyke shined with the precision of his shots. They dominated all facets of the match and won the championship with a 6-1 6-4 victory. This gave Dyke his third straight men’s ‘A’ doubles title, and fourth over all. McPherson takes home his first ‘A’ doubles championship.
The ladies ‘A’ doubles semifinals had one of the best matches of the weekend , and one of the most surprising blow outs. The first semi was a classic. Marta and Sonja Andrekovic (the 2014 champions) took on Sandie Ennett (who won the title with Naomi Lange last season) and Monica Eickmeyer. The match had many long rallies and many close games. Eventually the Andrekovics scored a 6-4 4-6 6-4 win to advance to the final.
The second semi had last season’s finalist Heather Henke and Nancy Rheaume face Deb Murphy and Johanna Billings. This semi was not close. Murphy and Billings couldn’t miss. They blitzed to the final with an impressive 6-0 6-1 win.
The final was another surprising blow out. Sonja Andrekovic played amazing tennis and her mother Marta was her steady self. The shocking 6-0 6-0 victory gave Sonja and Marta Andrekovic their second ‘A’ doubles title in the last three seasons.
The men’s ‘B’ final was a battle as Steven Schwartzentruber and Phil Lambert took on Pat McCarroll and Murray Schiedel. Schwartzentruber won the title last season with Ryan Lay as his partner. Schwartzentruber and Lambert were the more aggressive team and impressed with their offensive play. There were many great rallies with most going to Schwartzentruber and Lambert who scored a 6-4 6-3 win to take the title.
The ladies ‘B’ championship match was the best final of the evening. Janet Bradley, who had won the last two ladies ‘B’ titles with Gail Shelton, teamed with Judy Stuart this season. Bradley/Stuart advanced to the final where they faced first time finalists Michele Thomson and Erma Weernink. After a dramatic semifinal that they won 7-5 in the third set, Thomson and Weernink were destined to go three sets again in the final. Bradley/Stuart took the first set 7-5 before Thomson/Weernink won the second set 6-3. Behind Thomson’s impressive serving and Weernink’s willingness to run down every ball the final set went to Thomson/Weernink 6-2. This is Thomson and Weernink’s first ‘B’ championship.
The club championship tournaments conclude on Wednesday night with the singles titles to be determined. The ‘A’ championships are rematches from last season. McPherson will defend the title won last season against Bob Tamblyn. Marta Andrekovic will try to defend her title against youngster Nicolle Crowley. The men’s ‘B’ title will have teenager Marcel Lundrigan take on Graham Heaton. The ladies ‘B’ final will be Heather Henke facing Monica Eickmeyer. Play begins at 7:30 pm. Spectators welcome.
Picture 1 (l to r) Pat McCarroll and Murray Schiedel (men’s ‘B’ finalists), Phil Lambert and Steven Schwartzentruber (men’s ‘B’ champions), Shannon Dyke and Grant McPherson (men’s ‘A’ champions), John Fischer and Luke Fischer (men’s ‘A’ finalists)
Picture 2 (l to r) Janet Bradley and Judy Stuart (ladies ‘B’ finalists), Erma Weernink and Michele Thomson (ladies ‘B’ champions), Sonja Andekovic and Marta Andrekovic (ladies ‘A’ champions), Deb Murphy and Johanna Billings (ladies ‘A’ finalists)
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