15 Feb 2015
The Taranaki Senior Representative Tennis team travelled to Palmerston North and were victorious in the annual clash with Manawatu, winning 17-7.
The men won 5 of the 6 singles matches with the Rai siblings, Ajeet and Amrit leading the way with straight set victories. Ajeet Rai defeated Jono Spring 6-0 6-1 whilst Amrit Rai beat Kieren Rooney 6-1 7-5. Cameron Koch was made to work hard for his win at No.3 by Terry Lee, eventually prevailing 6-3 5-7 6-1. Graeme Mitchell had an easy 6-1 6-0 win over Reilly White, as did Jaime Simpson over Logan Amey 6-1 6-3. Manawatu veteran, Gareth Toland, got the sole win for the home side when he downed Jordan Fleming 7-6 6-2 at No.5.
Manawatu showed plenty of strength at the top of the ladies order with Maria Zhang being untroubled by Taranakiís Danni Fletcher 6-1 6-1, and Natalie Dean being too good for Sophie Robertson 6-2 6-2. Taranaki showed its depth by winning the remaining four singles matches via Hikaru Han, Bailey Bruckner, Krystal Oakes and Lauren Fraine.
The menís doubles matches all went the way of Taranaki but Manawatu won all of the ladies doubles, making the interim score 12-6. Taranaki needed only one of the combined doubles matches to secure the win and that was achieved impressively by Ajeet Rai/Han 6-0 6-0 over Lee/Zhang. Another four combines victories were achieved to make the final score 17-7.
Points from this tie are
collated towards the Adidas Cup and the winner will be decided after Taranaki
and Manawatu have both played Wanganui in the coming weeks.
Ajeet Rai b Jono Spring 6-0 6-1
Amrit Rai b Kieren Rooney 6-1 7-5
Cameron Koch b Terry Lee 6-3 5-7 6-1
Graeme Mitchell b Reilly White 6-1 6-0
Jordan Fleming lost to Gareth Toland 7-6 6-2
Jaime Simpson b Logan Amey 6-1 6-3
Danni Fletcher lost to Maria Zhang 6-1 6-1
Sophie Robertson lost to Natalie Dean 6-2 6-2
Hikaru Han b Anika Patel 6-3 7-5
Bailey Bruckner b Megan Small 7-6 7-5
Krystal Oakes b Charlotte Williams 6-4 6-3
Lauren Fraine b Lyn Biel 4-6 6-1 6-3
Rai/Rai b Spring/Lee 6-1 6-4
Koch/Fleming b White/Amey 6-3 4-6 6-1
Mitchell/Simpson b Rooney/Toland 6-1 6-2
Fletcher/Han lost to Zhang/Patel 6-1 6-2
Robertson/Bruckner lost to Dean/Biel 6-1 6-3
Oakes/Fraine lost to Bridget Dickens/Williams 7-5 6-3
Ajeet Rai/Han b Lee/Zhang 6-0 6-0
Amrit Rai/Fletcher lost to Toland/Dean 7-6 6-4
Koch/Robertson b Rooney/Small 6-2 6-1
Mitchell/Bruckner b White/Patel 7-5 6-0
Fleming/Oakes b Michael Harris/Williams 6-3 6-3
Simpson/Fraine b Amey/Biel 7-5 6-4