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Ladies league season update and promotions!

Ladies D vs Cheddar D

The  D team finished the season on a high, with the pairings of Arabella and Ruth , Jeannie and Sarah M, winning all their matches in straight sets, resulting in a 10-0 victory over Cheddar D.  This result means the team will finish 3rd (out of six teams), in division 7 of the NSTL, which is an improvement over the 4th (out of six) teams in 2017, so well done everyone! Captain Jeannie says “thank you to all of you for your fantastic commitment and enthusiasm over the season and for laying on such great post match teas!”

Ladies C vs Wedmore D

Well – we ended on a high!  Despite our best efforts to stay in division 5 it looks like we are going to be promoted!  Beat Wedmore D 10-2 after a lot of faffing around but delighted with a good result.  Looks as if all the ladies teams won on the last night (though I understand equal on games for the As and just more games for the Bs – with us having lost one in the season by one game and another by two) so an excellent season all round.

Captain Clare said “thanks for keeping us all organised Julia, at least the second half wasn’t quite such a nightmare as the first!  Well done too for consolidating your position in the A team.”

Ladies D vs Bridgwater D

The match against current leaders of Division 7, Bridgwater D, was a triumph! The team of Ruth and Jeannie, Sarah and Kate scored a resounding 8-2 victory.  Despite various pre-match ailments discussed and compared in the tennis club car park before departure, (Sarah had a headache from the heat, Kate had a sore shoulder and Ruth had a rib injury inflicted by her grandson!) all was put aside when we got to the courts to fight for league points. Sarah led us through the warm up routine she does at Rusty Rackets with Kevin, and we were ready to go!
Jeannie and Ruth won both rubbers in straight sets, Sarah and Kate won in straight sets against the Bridgwater 2nd pair, and were battling well against the 1st pair when Sarah was struck with agonising cramp in her foot, which necessitated the removal of her tennis shoe and a lot of hopping round the court before it eased off. As a result they lost the match  in straight sets, but showed great fortitude in finishing to the end.
And the moral of this story is – keep fighting through adversity to win!
Ladies C vs Weston A
Di Lyons was on great form and she and Clare Mather beat the first pair in two tie-breaks 7-6 7-6 and the second pair 6-2 6-2.  Unfortunately Helen West and Lucy James found the endless soft and loopy shots of the second pair frustratingly difficult to tame and lost 3-6 6-7 and the combination of one very strong hitter and one precision lobber in the first pair lead to a loss in two sets 2-6 2-6.  Final score 4-6 with a two game advantage to Weston.  One more to go of an enjoyable season and hopefully we can remain in division 5.
Ladies B vs the top of the division.
Team had a tough home game against the top of the Division team, but it was close in games as we only lost by 1 game, final points 4-6.  Linda Lester and Anne Fudge lost to the very strong 1st pair 2-6 and 3-6.  Then a much better result against 2nd pair winning 6-1 and 6-3.
The pairing of Bnkie Heather and Ginni Smith who lost to the 1st pair  first 0-6 and 2-6.  Again they won their other rubber 6-1 and 6-3.  4 valuable points gained as we are coming to our final match and need all the points we can get to stay in Division 3.  It was a enjoyable match played in great spirit on again a lovely summer evening.

Ladies A vs Wrington A

Wells Ladies A-team played away against Wrington A and lost with 3-8 points against the current Division 2 leader. The pair Wendy Edwards and Caroline Moule lost 0-6 1-6 against a well playing 1st pair of Wrington. Unfortunately the second rubber didn’t go much better with another loss of 1-6 1-6. But the stars for Wells were Erika Cotton and Julia Nest who managed a good win against Wrington’s 2nd pair with 6-2 7-5. Their second rubber had to be decided in a championship tie-break, which was unfortunately lost 4-6 7-5 10-4. Wells team is pleased to get another 3 points, which hopefully all add up to remain in Division 2.

If you have any feedback on the season / league tennis /pairings etc, please feel free to give it so that I can pass your comments on to Julia to bear in mind for next season.  We want to make your tennis as enjoyable as possible!  Of course you can email Julia directly if you prefer.

Next Tuesday is the ladies’ summer party at Sarah Powell’s, so I hope to see most of you there. Thereafter, Tuesday evening ladies’ tennis is open to all to come down and mix in.

Keep practising your tennis for season 2019!

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