Cambridge men thrash Oxford in BUCS tennis clash

Finn Ranson 8 November 2017

The Cambridge Men’s first team continued their winning start in BUCS with an impressive 6-0 away win over the Oxford Blues on Wednesday.

The Midlands 1A tie started with four singles matches. Playing at number two, Michal Kaminski made light work of his opponent, winning 6-1 6-1. Likewise, the result on court one never looked in doubt, with James Shemilt coming away with a 6-3 6-2 win over the Oxford captain.

At number three, Salil Navarpurkar started slowly, losing the first set 6-3 and trailing a break at the start of the second. The Light Blue, however, fought his way back into the match, taking the second set before clinching the third set tiebreak – a masterclass in “winning ugly”. Over on court four, Cambridge captain, Jack Long-Martinez, started quickly taking the first set, but losing rhythm on his serve and his opponent finding some exceptional form, went down in the second set. Long-Martinez got back on top at the start of the third with an early break and led the rest of the way to seal a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory.

In the doubles, Long-Martinez and Shemilt paired up and beat Oxford’s first pair 6-2 6-4, while Navarpurkar and Kaminski won equally comfortably 6-1 6-4 to round off a fine day’s work. Clearly, this result is promising and is an early indication of the potential Cambridge has to dominate the Varsity match. Yet there is still a long way to go, and the Light Blues cannot become complacent. Their chickens remain uncounted.