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FINAL DAY'S PLAY.

DECISIVE WINS IN SINGLES. BRILLIANT DOUBLES MATCH. ANGAS AND SEAY IN FORM. [BY TELEGRAPH. —OWN CORRESPONDENT,] C H RISTOH (JROH, Thursday. Not one title-holder survived in the New Zealand tennis championships of 1930. All the champions were defeated in the earlier rounds except the holders of the mixed doubles title, N. 11. C. Wilson and Mrs. N. Thomson (Wellington), but they, too, were beaten in tho final by I. A. Seay and Miss M. Andrew (Canterbury). Auckland won the Wilding Cup with 6 points, Canterbury being second with 5, and Wellington, the holder, was third with ?, points and Wanganui 1. Tho surprising upsets of the last lew days of tho meeting drew a large crowd to Wilding Park yesterday afternoon. The finals were played under a clear sky, but a cool easterly breeze tempered the heat. Two one-sided singles m ches were redeemed by a brilliant exhibition of men's doubles play and a close match in the mixed doubles. Stedman's Brilliant Driving. Stedman was a general favourite for the singles title against H. A. Barnett, although it was recognised that if Stedman's forehand driving lapsed Barnett s steadiness might defeat him, as it had defeated D. G. Franco and N. R. C. Wilson. After a shaky opening Stedman settled down once again to brilliant play and try as ho might Barnett could wiu only four games in the last two sets. Hitting with great force the Aucklander kept a steady length and buried drive after drivo in tho corners. Occasionally ho came into the net, where his smashing was decisive. After leading 4—2 and 5—3 in the first set Barnett did not once regain the lead during the whole match. In the second and third sets ho won his games only when Stedman was temporarily off his drive. Except for some fine retrieves by Barnett the match was very one-sided. Stedman at present also holds tho Wairarapa singles title, tho New Zealand University singles and. with N. G. Sturt, tho Auckland doubles. Superiority ol Mrs. Dykes.

Both the finalists in tho women's singles come from Auckland. Mrs. 11. M. Dykes, by defeating Miss Marjorie Macfarlane, won the title for tho fourth time. She was New Zealand champion in 1923, 1925 and 1927, and after losing the title lo Miss Macfarlane at Auckland in 1928 temporarily retired from the game on her marriage. Yesterday, by winning the first set 6—l and the second, after being down I—s, Mrs. Dykes proved her superiority over Miss Macfarlane and showed that she still has a champion's strokes and a champion's temperament. Against the many pretty strokes -which Mrs. Dykes exploited at the net and from the baseline, Miss Macfarlano could reply only with steady driving. Angas and Seay showed not merely exceptionally brilliant individual play, but unexpected combination in their defeat of D. G. and A. L. France, the clever Wellington pair, in three straight sets. Tho scoro was 6—3, 6 —3, 6—3. 'lhe winners have come through tho tournament without the loss of a set. Hitting hard and covering their court skilfully Angas and Seay led from the first and were never headed. Both have fine services upon which to base their attack and they lost scarcely a service game throughout the match. It was tho most brilliant doubles of the whole meeting, tho two teams being much more even than tho scores would indicate. The Mixed Doubles Final.

.Alter volleying at the net for long periods they * fought, for the attacking position, all four making wonderful recovcries from smashes ■to all parts of tho court. The Franco brothers made moro errors than their opponents. After narrowly surviving the semifinal against Stedman and Miss M. Wake, (he mixed champions, N. R. C. Wilson and Mrs. N. Thomson, were defeated after a very close ganio by Seay and Miss Andrew, who also had been fully extended in their semi-final match against I). G. France and Mrs. R. F. Adams. The score was 7—5, 3—6, 7—5. Seay and his partner have frequently played together and have now an excellent understanding of each other's play. As in the earlier matches, Seay dominated (he court, serving strongly and working hard for his points. lie was well supported by Miss Andrew. Wilson was as brilliant and erratic as ever, but his partner was splendidly steady and cool. Wilson played above himself in tho second sot and it was largely this improvement which won tho set. In tho final they again made a great effort, evening the games after Seay had led 5—3 with his service. In tho next gamo superior craft told.

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FINAL DAY'S PLAY., New Zealand Herald, Volume LXVIII, Issue 20761, 2 January 1931

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FINAL DAY'S PLAY. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXVIII, Issue 20761, 2 January 1931

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