Sweet victory for three Bay players

Neale Emslie

THREE Port Elizabeth players emerged with singles titles when a successful Eastern Cape Seniors tennis championships came to a conclusion at PE Club yesterday.

In an all-PE Tennis Club final in the men’s 45 section, Andrew Stuart proved too sharp for colleague Helgard Zietsman, winning 6-0 6-2. Seeded three in the singles, Stuart claimed the title, dropping just seven games in his three matches.

The other two EP winners came in the women’s 35 and 50 divisions where Di Gascoyne and Jayne Turner took the titles.

Gascoyne was seeded one in her section and had a couple of straightforward wins en route to the final, where she was made to work a bit harder in defeating Berniece du Plessis 7-5 6-3.

Turner, seeded four, won her section comfortably, ending with a 6-2 6-3 win over Mine Norval in yesterday’s final.

The top men’s winner came in the 30 section when Lewellyn King defeated PE’s Peter Allnutt in the final. After a tight first set, which King took in a 7-5 tiebreaker, he took control to win 7-6 6-0.

Kenneth Biggs, who lost to King in the semifinals, took third place with a 6-2 6-4 win over Martin Niemand.

In the men’s 65 singles, PE’s Billy Kehl went down to SWD player Daan Spengler in a close contest. The pair shared the first two sets but Spengler took control in the 10-point tiebreaker which constituted the third set, winning it 10-2.

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