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LAWN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915
LAWN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Second Day. •' After wc went to press on Thursday there was a fine contest in the second set of the match Miss Bnird-Goss v. Miss Hughes-Ollivier. The veteran Goss played a very dashing game, and was ably seconded bv Miss Baird. Their experience told against Miss Hughes, who, however, shaped excellently, but Goss at the net was a disturbing factor. Ollivier was up to his usual form with the exception that he did not take upon himself the amount of net work usually as sociated with mixed doubles.
Pearse and Miss Campbell were up against a formidable pair in S. N. Brown and Miss White. Brown's very fine volleying and his partner's steady placing wore instrumental in their taking the first set. Pearse's old weakness —bad position —was noticeable, but lift dropped that fault in the remaining sets, and it paid admirably, for Miss Campbell's steady placing got the chances it* deserved and Drought victory. Miss Gray and .Borrows were too clever -for their younger opponents, Miss Bagley and M'Dougall. Although beaten the losers did admirably. Miss Bagley was sure on the_ lob, and her partner very good, at periods, ou the drive. Third Dat. A nasty nor'-easter prevailed all day, and the sun being obscured made conditions slightly unpleasant. The attendance was satisfactory, and when play ceased the Ladies' Doubles had been decided and the other four events brought to the finals. The semi-finals of the Ladies' Singles set the balls going. Miss Gray disposed of Miss Brewster. The latter was in great form in the first two sets, but the longer thev played the more Miss Gray improved, tier tennis _ was of the steady order, interspersed with an occasional fine smash. Her length in the final set was always deep—not exactly the German depth of attack—she required no bolstering up. Miss Brewster played many brilliant, shots, especially down the forehand line of the opposition after manoeuvring Miss Gray out of. position. By these methods she won the first set and went close to capturing the second. The contest between Miss Campbell and Miss Baird was somewhat curious. The Otago champion started in great form, her i drives to her opponent's back-hand car- ! ried fine length and sting, and she seemed about to gain the honors. Miss Baird began to hit harder in the second set and with better length. She gave Misa Campbell plenty of practice in the left court, and the latter had now to do the running, and her stamina began to fail. Miss Baird ->,raetiea!ly reversed the result of the first set twice over. Tt was a fine win, even allowing for the fact that Mis.s Campbell is unused to grass courts and rarely obtains singles practice. The combination and even play of Wallace-Dickie gained them, the victory over JenningsNicholson. The holders gained the first set. but in the second they never got a look in, both Jennings and Nicholson .being very brilliant. Both the third and fourth sets were fought out to the last ditch, and the play frequently brought down the gallery. Nicholson made some glorious strokes, but seemed to lack good hard match practice. The other three were all at their best, Dickie's powerful smashing being very noticeable, also Wallace's cross-court drives. It is noteworthy that three of the four men hail from the "butter province. The holders, Misses Gray-Baird, retained the ladies' doubles. They have played a lot together, whereas Misses Campbell- , Brewster were paired for the first time. ! Hard driving characterised the play throughout although the winners attacked overhead when the chances came. It will, perhaps, lie granted that the losers' tactics were wrong. Miss Campbell should certainly have played in the left court, which she did in the second set only, with a resultant, 'narked improvement to the side. Miss Brewster's drives down the line were great, but there was a sure pair on the other side of the net. Miss Gray has now won this event six times with three different partners. The mixed doubles semi-finals were also got off. GossMiss Baird beat Borrows-Miss Gray comfortably. Goss was again very rough on anything in the region of the net, aud his partner made plenty of fine openings for him. Both Mis.s Gray and Borrows were uncertain, and they did not combine too well. • Jennings and Miss Brewster, after losing the first set. took the next two comfortably from Pearse-Miss Campbell. Both the latter were very good in the first set, but success seemed to demoralise Pearse. in the other two. Jle frequently backed right into his partner's court, and left an open court for the opposition. .He should have trusted implicitly to Miss Campbell, who, under the circumstances, hardly knew which side to run to. Too frequently W.P. was left standing in the middle of the court. He made splendid strokes, but so did the opposition. Miss Brewster was at her best after the first set. (Joss's first match of the day was against Ollivier. He seemed cold and out of touch for a long time : in fact. Ollivier won the Jirst 14 aces—three games to love and 30-0 in the fourth, which lie won with the loss of one stroke. He thus scored 16 of the first 17 aces. Ollivier was very sure; he did not use his break service once, and for a player of his class went very rarely to the. net. It was placing all the time. Goss was on tho run. but it benefited his play : he got warmed up to it, and he performed splendidly. It was no disgrace to the old war-horse to have to own defeat.
MEN'S SINGLES. —Third Round.—
W. Pearse beat S. G. M'Poupall. 6-1 6-4. 6 3. Goss heat Wilkin, 6-3, 8-6, 6-1. Olivier beat Pearse, 6-2, 6-5, 6-4.
—Semi-final. —- Jennings beat Wallace, 6-3. 6-5, 7-5, Ollivier heat Goss. 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.
MEX'S DOUBLES. —Semi-final.—
Wallace and Dickie beat Nicholson and ■Jennings, 6-4, 0-6, 8-6, 64.
LADIES' SINGLES. -—Second Round.—
Miss A. C. Brewster beat Mrs T. Nagle 6-0, 6-2. Miss P. Campbell beat Miss R. Hughes 6-2, 6-4.
Miss Baird beat Miss Campbell, 1-6 6-2, 6-1.
Miss Grav boat Miss Brewster, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. LADIES' DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP OF NEW ZEALAND. Best of three .sots; advantage sets. Pr&sent champions: Misses A. Grav (Auckland) and E. M. Baird (Hawke's Bay). —Second Round.—•
Misses Campbell and Brewster beat Misses White and Black, 6-1, 6-2.
Misses A. Cray and E. M. Baird bea.t Misses F. Campbell'and A. C. Brewster, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. COMBINED DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP. —Semi-final.— Goes and Miss Baird beat Borrows and Miss Cray, 6-3, 6-5. Jennings and Miss Brewster beat Pearse and Miss Campbell, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
LAWN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915
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