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LAWN TENNIS

CHAMPIONSHIPS (FINALS)

Another glorious day—bright sun and a mild breeze. Proceedings commenced with tho final of the Men's Singles Championship- Oliivier v. Jennings. Olliviei started with the service and lost after deuce, mainly owing to Jennings's fine ldacihg. Jennings had commenced hi great form, and took the second game to love, and the third, and got to 5-0, and later led 4-1. Oliivier, by a series of fine services, captjrod the sixth game and the next two —4 all. Jennings was not to be denied, and by clever play he took the next two game's and the set amidst great applause. Oliivier captured the opening game of the second set, and then Jennings evened, and later went to 4-2. Oliivier then improved, and by beautiful placing and volleying had Jennings in difficulties, bringing up 4 all. Jennings had a chance to win the ninth game, getting vantage twice, but he missed the opportunities, and Oliivier went out at 64.

Continuing his aggressive tactics Oliivier quickly captured the first three games of the third set—two of them to love. Jennings got the fourth and fifth after a series of vantages, OlHver the sixth after deuce, Jennings tho seventh to 30 and the eighth to the same score. Oliivier was 40 love in the ninth, but plucky play by Jennings brought, up deuce, and then vantage to the same player, but again at this critical stage he, allowed the chance to escape from his grasp. By taking the tenth game to 50 Oliivier annexed the set and led by 2 sets to 1. The first game of the fourth set was taken by Oliivier after deuce. Jennings evened to 1 all. The third was all Olliviei'. also the fourth. Jennings had vantage twice in the fifth ; again he sacrificed it. 4-1, Oliivier leads. The sixth was a. love game to Oliivier, and he captured the seventh to 15, and with it the championship for the second time, his previous win being in 1911. Oliivier played beautiful tennis all through, his bard cross-court drives frequently driving Jennings out of position. He made very few mistakes throughout. His service was a valuable asset, Jennings's treatment of it being very uncertain, a great number being driven into the net. This proved to he Jennings's undoing, especially in the third and fourth sets. There was a wide difference in the styles of the two men—Oliivier always free and graceful, Jennings cramped and uncertain. —Ladies' Singles.—

Miss Gray is still champion—her third successive win—and she retained the honors by tennis of the eolid order, interspersed with occasional excellent volleys. Miss Gray captured the first game, and the. scores ws .level at 2 all. At this stasre Miss Baird became more aggressive, and managed to got her opponent on the run. and went try 5-2. The champion took the eighth game to 30, and the ninth to 15. Miss Bsivd captured the tenth game to love, and with it the first set at 6-4. Several fine placements were in evidence in this frame. Early in the second set Miss Baird obtained what ehould have been a winning advantage, 5-1. the. fourth being stubbornly contested. It was now Miss Gray's turn to get a winning sequence of five games, and with it she caved the second set and the championship, all the games being hard fought. The third set saw the Ifawke's Bay lady mtiko another good start, 2-0, but Miss Grav outbid this bv taking the. next five and'leading 5-2. Miss Bajrd spurted, and brought up 5-4, but the last was a love game to Mies Gray. Miss Grav beat Miss Baird, 4-6, 6-3, 6 4. " . ... The plar was at times ot very nigh class, but with so much depending on the final set safety was not to be sacrificed for anything of the brilliant order. MkisGray excelled on the forehand drive, but Miss Baird was certainly the stronger on the hack-hand.

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LAWN TENNIS, Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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LAWN TENNIS Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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