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LAWN TENNIS.

At the South African championship meeting, which was brought to a conclusion a>t Johannesburg on April 2nd, the Singles Championship was, for the second year in succession, won by a visiting player, R F. Doherty taking the coveted honour in 1908-9 and A. F. Wilding securing it this year. A Johannesburg paper tlrus describes the match: —"The first match to go into the match court was •that' between A. F. Wilding and H. A. Kitson. Wilding has been showing the last few days that he is gradually becoming accustomed to the peculiarities of the Transvaal, and was playing well, and with Kitson in his best form, the enormous audience round the special match court anticipated a good game. In this they were not disappointed, as the local representative put up a splendid performance, and although beaten in three sets straight made Wilding play his best game throughout a finely-fought contest. In the first set Wilding settled down to his game quickly, and by wonderful service and cross-court volleying ran away with the set at' 6—o. The second saw Kitson in the lead with 3 games to 1, but although he brought off many fine forehand drives and some good volleys at the net, he was unable to hold his redoubtable opponent, who took the next five games running, and set at 6—3. Wilding two sets to love. Again Kitson with service took the lead, and Wilding equalised. Kitson again took his service at love, but Wilding put in four unplayable services, and the score was 2 all. By brilliant all-round play alternate games were secured by both contestants till 4 all was called, when Wilding made his effort, and by annexing the two following games secured set at 6 —4 and match 3 sets to love. Wilding gave a masterly exhibition of serving and cross-court volleying, while his overhead work and forehand drives left nothing to be desired. Kitson played a plucky and resourceful game, and was quite at the fop of his form, earning frequent applause by brilliant work."

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LAWN TENNIS., Auckland Star, Volume XLI, Issue 136, 11 June 1910

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LAWN TENNIS. Auckland Star, Volume XLI, Issue 136, 11 June 1910

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