PMB men duke it out in tennis final

2008-07-31 00:00

N a gruelling final of the Dolphin Coast Open in Ballito recently, Pietermaritzburg’s Boyd Michau and Gareth Greenwood were involved in a thrilling match characterised by excellent tennis.

Greenwood took the first set, with the set turning on the fourth and seventh games.

The marathon fourth game saw Greenwood save numerous break points before holding serve and he got the break in the seventh game to win 6-4.

Michau broke at the start of the second set to go 4-1 up. Greenwood levelled at 4-4 and the following two games were close-run, but Michau prevailed to win 6-4 and level at one set apiece.

The third and deciding set featured long rallies, good movement and working of points. Greenwood took an early lead, and Michau fought back to level before a break at 4-3 saw the latter serving for the match at 5-3.

Greenwood got a break point at 15-40 and hit a return winner for 4-5. In turn, Michau attacked Greenwood’s serve and had match point at 30-40 when Greenwood’s forehand up the line clipped the net and stayed there for Michau to win the Dolphin Coast Open final 4-6 6-4 6-4.

Earlier, Greenwood won his semi-final 0-6 6-2 6-2 while Michau got through 6-0 6-3.

The doubles final featured three PMB players — Michau, Greenwood and Tyrone Ewels. The latter partnered Darryn Young and the pair combined well to beat the tiring Greenwood and Michau 7-6 6-2.

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