Martin gains re­venge over Popely in fi­nal

TEN­NIS

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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.

How­ever,

there

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

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