The Cambridge Men’s tennis first team have continued their winning run in BUCS with a strong 4-2 victory over the Oxford Blues on Wednesday.
After beating Oxford in the league in Michaelmas, the team was confident but knew that it would not be easy. The Cambridge first doubles pair, Michal Kaminski and James Shemilt, started the day positively with a comfortable 6-2 6-0 win, and with similar ease at number three singles, Salil Navarpurkar won 6-2 6-1 without breaking sweat.
On court four there was a much closer encounter, as Finn Ranson, in his first match in the league for the Blues team, lost the first set, but then battled back to take the match in three sets 4-6 6-4 10-3.
Next on court was Shemilt playing singles on court one. And he was the next off court, taking the win 6-2 6-2. On court two, Kaminski faced an opponent in blistering form, and never quite found his own rhythm. He eventually went down 6-2 6-2.
In the final match, Navarpurkar teamed up with Ranson as the number two doubles pair. They looked comfortable in the first set, but lost focus in the second and eventually found themselves in a third set tie-break. Unfortunately, it went to Oxford, the match finishing 2-6 6-4 11-9.
Cambridge came away with the win, nonetheless, and with two victories over the Dark Blues this campaign are growing in confidence as they look forward to the Varsity match in June.