Anderson keeps local tennis team in the mix

2009-10-30 00:00

KZN Shield completion for men’s and women’s tennis continued over the past weekend at Kershaw Park.

The men’s A League saw a semi-final between a powerful Hillcrest and the local club Braaiketts. The tie is three singles matches and two doubles events, the three singles played together.

The clash of the number ones from Braaiketts and Hillcrest between young Stefan Fortmann of Hillcrest and Boyd Michau of Braaiketts was expected to be a thriller. Midway through the first set, Michau started to show signs of a serious injury to his back or shoulder. Fortmann won the first set and was leading 3-1 in the second set, when Michau had to withdraw giving Hillcrest a vital 1-0 lead.

On court one, Paul Anderson of Braaiketts was playing Tom Macquet of Hillcrest. When Michau withdrew, Macquet had just won the first set 7-6. The third singles was also in action where Derek Brown of Hillcrest was against Bryan Boshoff.

Brown comfortably won the first set and was well up in the second. At this stage Hillcrest were looking at a clean sweep of the singles and an unassailable lead. Anderson cleverly varied his pace in the second set against Macquet to win 7-5 to level the match. Meanwhile Brown had reached 4-2 in the second set tiebreaker against Boshoff. Somehow Boshoff fought back to win the tiebreaker 7-5 and level the match. But there was another withdrawal as Brown pulled a calf muscle and retired trailing 2-5 in the final set.

The tie was now 1-1 and attention was on the final singles between Anderson and Macquet.

Anderson dominated the final set and clinched it 6-3, giving Braaiketts an important 2-1 lead. The deciding matches were now the two doubles. In the number one couples match, Hillcrest levelled the tie by comfortably winning, leaving the last match on court as the decider of this semi-final.

Braaiketts had the services of Gareth Greenwood and Paul Anderson, while Hillcrest had Fortmann and Macquet. Macquet and Fortmann won a tight first set in the tiebreaker 7-6, Greenwood and Anderson won an equally tight second set 6-4. With the score at 1-1 in the final set, the rain came and the match was abandoned.  he match will be replayed this Sunday at Kershaw Park.

While the men’s A was in action, the women’s B Shield final was played between Braaiketts and Durban club Bellevue, finishing just before the rain.

In the top singles clash, Deidre Scott played the more consistent game to beat Braaiketts’ Clare Marchant 6-3 6-4. The number two singles saw Braaiketts schoolgirl Tarryn Driemeyer win a tight first set against B. Purvis 6-4 then seemed to fall apart in the second, losing 6-1 before picking herself up to win the final set 6-1.

The third singles saw Bellevue’s C. Hickman cruise to victory over young Melissa Driemeyer, winning in straight sets.

In the first doubles match, Claire Marchant and Sue MacKay levelled the tie for Braaiketts, winning in straight sets. The final doubles of the Driemeyers of Braaiketts against an older pair from Bellevue was exciting but the “oldies” proved too good and won 6-4 6-4 giving the event to Bellevue 3-2.

The MTA night league started Wednesday evening. Twelve teams entered, six in the mixed and six in a men’s event.

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