Closed Tournament 2012 Report 1

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Mebs Virani
Thu 22 Mar '12 @ 7:06am


The Closed Championships took place last Sunday and it served up a feast of close,thrilling encounters,with the usual unexpected results.

The Open Singles saw just two of the top 4 seeds reach the semi-final stages.
Azim Griffith put out 3rd seed Ray Jordan in straight sets and then went on to beat Martin Hewitt in the quarters in 5 enthralling sets.
2nd seed,Phil Morford,saw his bid for the title brought to an end in the quarters by Barry Chapman,who himself had survived a 4 set barrage against Paul Payen in the 3rd round
Griffith began poorly in the semi against Chapman but regrouped in the 2nd set,but the wily Chapman held off the challenge to secure a spot in the final.
In the other half,4th seed Ian Mileham conceded to Paul Smallman after just one set through injury.
Smallman’s run came to an end against Peter Roberts in the quarters.
Top seed,Ian Gordon,worked his way steadily to the semis,beating Ron Rowley in the quarters and then booked his place in the final with a 4 set victory over Roberts.
The final between Gordon and Chapman was a disappointing one sided affair,with Chapman in full control,dictating the points and running out winner in 3 comfortable sets for his second Singles title.

In the Mens Doubles,top seeds,Morford and Jordan,were facing a shock exit against Arthur Martin and Peter Chapman in the quarters,having lost the first two sets but rallying to claw the next 3 sets.
The number 1 seeds then eased their way past Mike Howard and Chris Hearn in the semis for a place in the final.
2nd seeds,Chapman and Rowley,moved swiftly to a semi final clash against Payen and Smallman,the latter having survived a 5 set marathon against Griffith and Jeavons.
Rowley and Chapman were two sets up against Payen and Smallman before the latter staged a gritty comeback to seal a win,11-9,in the fifth set and slot in the final.
In the final the top seeds looked in trouble at 1-2 down but powered back in the 4th set and in a tense but exciting 5th set they held off their opponents challenge to win 12-10.

The Ladies Singles saw Tina Stewart race to the final without any problems to face the young up and coming prospect,Lara Rodday,who had earlier beaten Linda Wickings and Alison Butler to reach the final.
The experience of Mrs Stewart proved too much for her younger opponent and she claimed another Ladies title in straight sets.

The Ladies Doubles featured just three pairs and it was the combination of Stewart and Rodday that won both their games against Robertson/Hogben and Wickings/Weaver to secure the title.

Top seeds in the Mixed Doubles,Chapman and Wickings,progressed to the final where they met Jeavons and Stewart in an entertaining game that went to a deciding set that was eventually settled 15-13 in favour of Chapman and Wickings.

The Over 60’s Singles saw top seed,Dennis Cannon come from 0-2 to defending champion, Roy Coles to carve out a 3-2 win in the semi-final,while Arthur Martin needed just one game to reach the final,after Brian Kennett scratched in their semi.
The two senior citizens shared the first 4 sets and it was Cannon who pipped Martin for the title with an 11-9 win.

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