Tennis Blues continue dominating their BUCS Division

Gerald Wu 28 February 2013

As Cambridge gears up for the competitive friendly matches in Easter term as warm up for the Varsity match, the tennis Blues used the BUCS league as an opportunity to showcase the depth in their squad. Playing against Oxford 2nds that the Blues comfortably defeated earlier in the season, Cambridge were confident of notching up another victory, and so it proved.

First up at no.1 singles, Neil Cordon (Churchill) used his trademark groundstrokes to grind down his opponent. The Oxford player did not have the groundstrokes to compete with Cordon and eventually decided to charge to the net but to no avail. Cordon was unfazed and closed out the match comfortably 6-1 6-3 with brilliant return winners.

At no.2 singles, Gerald Wu (Selwyn) faced a player with a hit-and-miss game that Wu relishes. In a match that contained multiple 30-shot rallies all over the court, Wu made use of his superior mental and physical strength to grind down his opponent who became increasingly devoid of ideas. With Wu’s first serve notching a healthy percentage, he dug himself out of a couple of close games to win 6-2 6-3.

At no.3, Alistair Kwan (Churchill) faced an opponent who was determined to be aggressive on the outset. Nonetheless, Kwan proved too solid and crafty to infuriate his opponent who could not impose his aggressive game on Kwan. Although the first set was tight with Kwan winning it in a tie-break, Kwan held his game comfortably thereafter to clinch the match 7-6(1) 6-3.

At no.4, John Hopkins (Sidney Sussex) faced his Oxford counterpart whom he had previously defeated. However, this time it was not to be the same result. Hopkins made several crucial errors to lose the first set 4-6. However, Hopkins deserves huge credit for not caving in and fought back to win the second set 6-2. But the match tie-break was a step too far for Hopkins as his inconsistency on serve eventually told as he lost 4-6 6-2 6-10.

After securing a 6-2 overall lead after the singles, the Blues were determined to bring it home in the doubles but it was not smooth sailing. Cordon and Wu faced the Oxford pair who played at an incredibly high level in the first set. Their opponents swung at every ball and their shots found their mark as Cordon and Wu lost the first set 2-6. The Cambridge pair believed that Oxford could not possibly maintain their level and so it proved. They capitalized on Oxford’s mistakes to win the second set 6-2. In the match tie-break, Oxford had given up mentally as Cordon and Wu won it 10-3.

At no.2 doubles, Kwan and Hopkins used their superior serve and volley tactic to defeat the Oxford pair who remained happy to stay back after serve. Oxford’s strategy backfired as the Cambridge pair won easily 6-2 6-4.

Overall, it was a solid victory for the Blues who strode towards an undefeated BUCS campaign. Another victory against Nottingham next week and the Blues will be undefeated for the whole season.

Gerald Wu