Sidford players maintain focus to win in rain

Sidford Tennis Club s ladies team have had a mixed bag of results in their last three matches.

Sidford Tennis Club's ladies team have had a mixed bag of results in their last three matches.

They recorded a 6-3 victory against Exeter Golf and Country Club D - the match starting in ideal conditions, no wind, no sun and, most importantly, no rain, but, sadly, these conditions did not last and, after only half an hour's play, the rain came down and continued for the duration of the match.

Despite the conditions, and with the floodlights on, all the players agreed to continue as they were already soaked to the skin. Marilyn Barlow with Mary Lowles played some very aggressive and attacking tennis to convincingly win their rubbers, 6-1, 6-1 and 7-5, 6-4.

The other pair of Jane Chalk with Jane Wakely won one of their rubbers in a closely fought three setter and narrowly lost the other in two close sets.

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The Ladies' A team then travelled to Budleigh Salterton, hoping for a game on their grass courts. Unfortunately, they were still waterlogged after the excessive rain and so the match had to be played on the synthetic turf. Sidford only managed to get two points with Mary and Marilyn playing well to beat the second pair. Linda Reynolds and Jane Wakely were unlucky to lose both their rubbers.

Last Monday, the team were on Dartmoor, playing at Chagford in the mist. Jane Wakely and Emma Fidge won one rubber in a close-fought, three set match, and Mary and Marilyn won one in straight sets. This meant that the team lost 5-4, but they very much enjoyed the picnic tea.

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The team's final match is next week when they hope to be back to winning form.

The mixed A team remain rooted to the bottom of East Devon Mixed League Division 1 following their latest two matches.

In the first, they played second placed Nomads and crashed to a heavy 4-0 defeat, although all the spectators watching enjoyed the quality of tennis played. They then faced Sampford Peverell A and, although they lost the match 3-1, there was good performance from Marilyn Barlow with Graham Baker who narrowly lost their first rubber in three close sets before recovering to win their second rubber, again in three sets.

l The club are very keen to welcome along new members, particularly anyone interested in playing evening club and match tennis. For further details please visit the club website at, or come along to the club or contact Gill, the ladies' captain and club secretary, on (01395) 513243 or Graham, the men's captain, on 07968 615735.

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