Cambridge crush Birmingham in tennis

Gerald Wu 7 November 2013

After drawing 6-6 at Nottingham last week, Cambridge were eager to make up lost ground in their pursuit of BUCS glory. They travelled to Birmingham and made quick work of the opposition, winning 10-2 comfortably.

At no. 1 doubles, captain Constantine Markides (Wolfson) and Sven Sylvester (Trinity) struggled to get a foothold in their opponents’ service games and dropped the first set in a tiebreak. However, they eventually found their rhythm and forced a match tiebreak. Markides and Sylvester had to dig deep to save a match point at 8-9 down, but confidently won the next two points to seal the match 6-7 (5), 6-2, 11-9.

At no. 2 doubles, Gerald Wu (Selwyn) and Alastair Kwan (Churchill) suffered from their inability to win sudden-death deuces and narrowly lost the first set. Down a break 3-4 in the second set, the Cambridge pair fought back to win the next three games and the second set. However, Wu and Kwan squandered the momentum in the match tiebreak and consequently lost the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-10.

With the match tied at 2-2, Cambridge were confident of winning the singles matches. First up, Markides used his serve to great effect as he outclassed his Birmingham opponent 6-2, 6-3. The Cambridge captain never let his opponent into any of his service games and looks in good form for the rest of the season.

At no. 2 singles, Sylvester put on his most solid singles performance this season to frustrate his left-handed opponent, using effective low slices and efficient serve and volleying. A win was never in doubt as Sylvester won 6-1, 6-1 in under an hour.

Keen to make amends after his singles loss against Warwick, Wu employed the serve and forehand combination well this time around. The Birmingham player also could not find an answer against Wu’s solid service returns and groundstrokes, as the Cambridge player won 6-1, 6-2.

At no. 4 singles, Kwan took awhile to find the range on his groundstrokes. After winning the first set 6-4, he never looked back and outclassed his opponent in the second set to win 6-4, 6-2.

It was another solid victory for Cambridge as they continue their BUCS campaign next week against Loughborough.