Martin gains revenge over Popely in final
GUILLAUME Martin gained revenge to be crowned Chalfont St Peter Tennis Club’s men’s singles champion at their finals day.
Martin was new to the club when he lost 6-2, 6-3 to then 17-year-old Dr Challoners Grammar School student Jonny Popely in the 2013 championship final.
A year on and the two came face to face once more, but this time it was Martin who proved the stronger, winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
was compensation for Popely in the mixed doubles where he teamed up with Janet Clarke to beat another Challoners student Tom Fisher and his partner Angela Cranston.
The men’s doubles final was the only one to go to a deciding set with Rob Lovelock and James Fialho just prevailing over Mike Bird and Neil McCluskey 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 in a marathon contest.
The ladies singles looked like being similarly tight when Therese Cooklin took the opening set on the tie break, but Vrinder Atwal’s spirit was broken, allowing Cooklin to race through the second set 6-1 and take the crown.
Cooklin would bag a second title when lifting the veteran mixed doubles in the company of Nick Trigg, the duo seeing off the challenge of McCluskey and Alison Williams 6-2, 6-4.
And Williams suffered disappointment in the ladies doubles too where she and Chris Coteman went down 6-2, 7-5 to Cranston and Val Smith.
REVENGE: Men’s champion Guillaume Martin (right) with runner-up Jonny Popely (left) and umpire Richard Cranston