Men’s tennis Blues win their BUCS division

Constantine Markides 5 February 2014

Cambridge thrashed Birmingham 12-0 to win the BUCS Midlands 1A division for the second consecutive year.

Constantine Markides and Neil Cordon extended their unbeaten doubles record this year. They started the match much stronger than their weaker opponents and raced to 6-1, 4-1 lead. Despite a spirited comeback from the Birmingham pair, the Cambridge duo responded well to close out the match 6-1, 6-4.

Jamie Muirhead and Gerald Wu were in fine form as they battered their opponents 6-2 in the first set. Muirhead’s net presence and Wu’s groundstroke consistency proved far too much for the Birmingham second pair. The duo won 6-2, 6-2 to give Cambridge a 4-0 lead heading into the singles.

At number one singles, Cordon carried his momentum from the doubles into his singles match. He took advantage of his opponent’s inconsistency to break serve twice in the first set. The second set was a carbon copy of the first, with Cordon moving his opponent from side to side. With errors flying off his opponent’s racket, the Light Blue won 6-2, 6-2.

Gerald Wu faced the same opponent in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. He took an early 6-1, 4-1 lead to control the match. The Birmingham player fought back to reduce the deficit to 5-4, but Wu regained his focus and used his aggressive baseline game to seal a 6-1, 6-4 win.

At no. 3 singles, Jamie Muirhead started the match in flying form and with his serve and backhand penetrating his opponent’s defence. After winning the first set in a tie-break against his jaded opponent, Muirhead never looked back to win 7-6 (0), 6-1.

Alastair Kwan groundstrokes were in full flow as he whitewashed his opponent in the first set. The second set proved more of a challenge but the Light Blue was far too experienced and secured the overall tie with a 6-0, 6-4 win.

Having won the League, the Light Blues now focus their attention the BUCS league play-offs as they seek promotion to the premier division.