Tennis Blues outclassed at Queen’s

Sven Sylvester 28 February 2013

A four man Cambridge team traveled to The Queen’s Club on Saturday for one of their highlights of the year.

Tim Prossor had a very tough match at no. 1, playing the current no. 300 in the world. With his serve not finding its mark in the first set, he lost 0-6. Looking to get on the score board against a player who was playing on the ATP world tour as late as last November, Prossor managed to hold some service games but lost 0-6 2-6.

Sam Aschroft played another full time player, though his opponent was not the same pedigree as the Queen’s no. 1. Ashcroft’s style of consistent forehands and slices frustrated his opponent in the first set. After some great serving throughout the second set he managed to wrap up the match 6-4 6-3.

At no. 3, captain Sven Sylvester played the former Princeton no. 1 in a tough 2 hour match. After Sylvester’s lapse in concentration on serve at 3-4, the Queen’s no. 3 consolidated the break to win 6-3. The second set continued on serve, with forehands dominating play, and after exchanging breaks it went to tie-breaker. Unfortunately, Sylvester served two double faults to lose the match 3-6 6-7.

Undefeated Gerald Wu faced a tough match playing the former Brown University no.1. Although he fought hard with consistent groundstrokes and great speed around the court, the Queen’s no.4 proved too good and won 6-3 6-2.

Cambridge were looking to reassert their position in the doubles after trailing 3-1 in the singles. However, both pairs were shell-shocked by the quality of the Queen’s teams. Aschroft and Sylvester quickly found themselves trailing 0-4 having won only 3 points in the opening 4 games.

After regaining their composure they won a few games before losing 2-6. Fired up after losing the first set, the Cambridge pair pulled out their best doubles performance of the year to dominate the second set 6-1. Despite the momentum shift, the Blues lost the match tie-break 6-10.

Prossor and Wu had a tough time, losing the first set 1-6 with their oponents nailing every return and volley. Despite their best efforts to turn the match around, the Blues pair were unable to break down their opponents and eventually lost the match 1-6 1-6.

Despite the first loss for the Blues this season, there were plenty of positives to take away from the match. Cambridge showed their fighting spirit throughout. In addition, the match served as a great warm up for next weekend’s fixture at the All England Club.

Sven Sylvester