WAIRARAPA TENNIS REGIONAL ONE REPORT – SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER
There was no surprises in the latest round of Wairarapa Tennis regional one interclub played at Carterton on Saturday.
Competition leaders Martinborough were up against a potential banana-skin opponent in Opaki 2, who had won their previous two fixtures on the bounce.
But, as it happened, there was to be no boil-over on this occasion with the Southerners racing through this fixture with a clean pair of heels.
Leading man Chris Wilkie retained his unbeaten record for Martinborough with a comprehensive defeat of Chris Davidson, while Marco De Groot did likewise, although he did have to resist a strong second-set challenge from Opaki’s Brett Dymond.
Wilkie and De Groot went on with the job in the doubles and with daylight between them and second placed Gladstone, Martinborough have one hand firmly on the Shirley Corlett Trophy.
Carterton returned to the winners circle after back to back losses in previous weeks, with a 2/1 defeat of Masterton.
Cory Spooner was made to work hard but ultimately edged out Masterton’s Chad Parson in straight sets while Moritz Steinemann registered his maiden win for Carterton with a relatively comfortable victory over Lawrence Prince.
Parson and Prince managed to bounce back in the doubles with a come from behind victory, the only 3-set match of the day.
Opaki 1 were decimated by injury and unavailability and did not play their scheduled fixture with Gladstone. This will be played at a later date.
The next round is scheduled to be played on Saturday at Martinborough.
Martinborough def Opaki 2 3-0 (Martinborough names first). – Mens Singles: Chris Wilkie beat Chris Davidson 6-1 6-1; Marco De Groot beat Brett Dymond 6-0 7-5. Mens Doubles: Wilkie & De Groot beat Davidson & Dymond 6-2 6-2.
Carterton def Masterton 2-1 (Carterton names first). – Mens Singles: Cory Spooner beat Chad Parson 6-4 7-5; Moritz Steinemann beat Lawrence Prince 6-3 6-1. Mens Doubles: Spooner & Steinemann lost to Parson & Prince 6-3 4-6 3-6.
Shirley Corlett Trophy Points: Martinborough 23, *Gladstone 12, Carterton 12, Opaki (2) 9,* Opaki (1) 8, Masterton 4. * denotes 1 game in hand.