THERE are unconfirmed reports that the Australian Open is the unofficial warm-up event for the Hamilton Lawn Tennis Club’s Championships … very unconfirmed reports.
But with that over, the locals turned their attention to the main event and they’d be glad they did, with two days of high-quality, gut-busting, hamstring-tearing tennis.
Saturday was all about B grade and there were some fantastic matches in all of the categories.
Lyndel Robinson defeated Natalie Beaton in one of the semi-finals and Jess Fishburn defeated Amy Brown in the other, to set up a competitive final where Lyndel was too good with a 9-3 result.
Speaking of the Beaton’s, another one popped up in the men’s B grade singles, with Don Beaton defeating Lucas Egger, 9-5, in a competitive final.
The senior Beaton was ‘Beaton’ everybody (see what I did there), defeating Bill Bailey (9-1) and James Guy (9-0) on his way to the final.
To add to her win in the singles, Lyndel Robinson teamed up with Jenni Neaves to defeat Vicki Anderson and Michelle Walkley, 9-3, in the final.
Lyndel has done something that in the tennis biz we call ‘being great at adjusting to the different side-lines to aim for’, although admittedly that saying doesn’t get used often … if ever.
OK, so it’s never been used before, but it could take off and become Lyndel’s tagline.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, February 27, 2014