Khan­dal­lah hit stride in em­phatic fash­ion

The Dominion Post - - Entertainment | Sport - DANE AMBLER

With the re­turn of ju­niors from ITF tour­na­ments, the teams were re­stored to full strength for the se­cond round of premier in­ter­club ten­nis on Satur­day.

In the women’s com­pe­ti­tion, last year’s run­ners-up Khan­dal­lah made a strong state­ment, beat­ing Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst 6-0.

Khan­dal­lah No 1 Ivy McLean came through a stern test against spir­ited Mag­gie Dai in the match of the day.

When the pair met ear­lier this year, McLean strolled past Dai 6-1 6-0.

It looked like his­tory would re­peat it­self early on, with hard-hit­ting McLean dom­i­nat­ing the early ex­changes and go­ing up an early break to take out the first set com­fort­ably 6-1.

Dai re­fused to let the se­cond set go in the same fash­ion, cap­i­tal­is­ing on McLean’s un­forced er­rors and up­ping her ag­gres­sion to take the se­cond 7-5.

A tense third set brought the best out of both play­ers. With the er­ror count mount­ing, it would be a test of men­tal tough­ness.

The pair traded breaks of serve early but McLean snuck past her tir­ing op­po­nent to­wards the end of the third set 7-5.

Thorn­don were also ruth­less, tak­ing down new­com­ers Pukerua Bay 6-0 with­out drop­ping a set.

Seventeen-year-old Ta­mara An­der­son only dropped one game in her sin­gles match.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Para­pa­raumu surged to the top of the points ta­ble with a 4-2 win over Lower Hutt.

In the men’s draw, Mi­ra­mar made a strong state­ment, beat­ing Khan­dal­lah 4-2 in a high-in­ten­sity en­counter.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst dom­i­nated Man­guaraki 6-0.

Thorn­don were miss­ing their No 1 player Ge­orge Stoupe, but still man­aged to over­come Welling­ton 4-2.

Waikanae also pro­duced a solid re­sult to over­come Karori 5-1.

Tawa and Thorn­don share the lead in the men’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Khan­dal­lah No 1 Ivy McLean in ac­tion on Satur­day.

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