Tennis: Wilkinson’s triple crown

Finalists in the ladies doubles final at Seaton Tennis Club's annual tournament


SEATON Tennis Club’s Annual Tournament Finals take place under clear blue skies on Sunday.  The day belonged to the magnificent Kathy Wilkinson who came away with three titles.

The Ladies’ Singles final featured first time finalists Kathy Wilkinson and Jenny Moroz. Both ladies played superbly fighting out long baseline rallies. The match was closer than the score of 6-2, 6-2 suggested, but Kathy prevailed to take her first title.

In the  Men’s Singles final between Richard Warrick (32) and Barry Follett (59) the more experienced Follett took the first set 6-2 targeting Warwick’s weaker backhand flank before before Warrick powered back in the second set. Follett edged the deciding tie breaker 10-6 to lift the trophy for the first time.

The Ladies’ Doubles was between Julie Hopkinson and Jen Rose and Kathy Wilkinson and Carol Hurst. In an even contest, Carol and Kathy broke serve to take the first set 6-3 and held their nerve to edge it 6-4 in a tense finish.

The Men’s Doubles was contested by Barry Follett and Peter Moroz (59) and Simon Prior (63) and Chris Rose (39). In a high octane display of big hitting and serve volley, Prior and Rose won five games in a row to take the first set. In the second set scorching backhand returns from Prior and crunching  forehands from Rose brought up a  6-3 6-3 victory.

The Mixed Doubles was between Peter Moroz and Kathy Wilkinson and Barry Follett and Jo Little. Peter and Kathy targeted Jo to take the first set convincingly by 6 – 2. Jo and Barry battled back in the second set but Peter and an exhausted but elated Kathy crept over the line to complete victory 7 – 6.

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