01 Feb 2020
Soffe Cup Tennis Swings Back Into Action
Oakura were at Huatoki on Saturday and overcame their hosts 10-6. Huatoki continue to suffer without their top mens player Jayden Harrison. Huatokiís Ross Lilley still only narrowly lost to Brady Simpson in three sets, 6-3 3-6 6-4. The womenís side of the singles was more evenly matched with Huatokiís number one woman, Sophie Robertson, posting a straight sets win 6-4 6-2. The doubles mirrored the singles with the Oakura men dominating and the women sharing one win each. This meant Oakura had an unassailable lead heading into the mixed doubles at 9-3. Huatoki managed to win three of these matches. Two of these wins came by way of tiebreakers. Harrison has had the necessary surgery on his wrist and the speedier his recovery, the sooner Huatoki will become a more competitive unit.
Rotokare hosted South Combined and won 10-6. Rotokareís Alex Macesic outlasted Sheri Hughes for a 6-4 6-7 6-1 victory. This win allowed Rotokare to lead after the singles 5-3. The doubles were evenly split so it was still a contest which could have gone either way heading into the mixed doubles at 7-5. As can sometimes happen, players had to leave because of prior commitments and Rotokare recorded two wins by default, handing them the overall win. South Combined will be keen to have Abby Ross back in the side if these teams meet again during the semi-finals or finals.
Pukekura were at home to Stratford and beat Stratford 13-3. The solitary Stratford win in the singles came from Katie Stanners in the number three spot. Stanners triumphed 3-6 6-3 6-4 over Linda Reid. Stratford also managed to record two wins in the mixed doubles. Another dominant performance for Pukekura, who look like the team to beat again this season.