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LAWN TENNIS.

SURREY OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP. . (From Odb Own Cobresmhdent.) LONDON, June 2. Tho concluding day of tho Surrey meet-' ing at Surbdton on Saturday saw tho imex- .' pected defeat of Mi- A. F. Wilding in the linal of tho Open Singles. Mr C. P. Dixon beat tho champion (7—5, 5—6, 6— . Mr Dixon started well, capturing the first two games, but later the Now Zealander led at 4--3 and &-4. Mr • Dixon the*" secured the three following games, one, as • important one, being off Mr Wilding's sor-. yioe. Mr Dixon got tho bettor of the opto , ing exchanges in the second set, and went to 2-Jove, but Wilding soon got on level terms, and led at 4—3. The Dulwich' player had a fine chance of making it 4-alI, but volleyed out, and afterwards lost the game. Wilding, winning his service, took.the second set at 6—3, and mad© it all square. There is little to comment upon in the last two sots. Dixon won both easily, hifl opponent making any number of mistakes.' Dixon played well, and certainly accord- ' plished a fine performance in beating the champion, but he must bo accounted somewhat lucky in meeting Wilding when not ( quite at his beet. Tho Now Zealarider' appeared to be lacking in condition, the very . quality which haa so often sorved him j . well in Hie five-set match. Even after one eot all had been called, it was quito thought that Wilding would mabo one of. thoso * characteristic spurts' of his whioh bo frequently spell disaster to hie opponents, but - it was not so in this oasc, for he became, instead, moro inconsistent. Tho sun and wind, both troublesome to tho players, affected him far more than they did Dixon, and to these adverse- conditions must be attributed that slight but repeated inaccuracy' on the part of Wilding, whose many strokes just fell -wido of tho lines.. Dixon adopted . ■ aggressivo measures throughout, and,, getting muoh work on his service and placing w<3ll, ho kefvt his opponent ■ frequently,' >.' hustled. Wilding and'Dixon have' only played against each other in Singles'ta/. two previous occasions—namely, on th* hard oourts at Dieppe, in 1908, in.the final, whon Wilding won in threo straight sets, and the other and only timo on grass was in the somi-finil at Epsom, in 1906, who'n Wild-" ■ inpr was again victorious by 7-~5, ■ ''lii'tho'sctnii-Enol round , , Wilding 'walked-/ over, D. P. Rhodes -sofetchod; C. P. Dixon boat G. A. Thomas (6—l. 6—o). . . Discussing lawn tennis proepeots, tiw "Westminster Gazette says:—"Mr A.. F. Wilding, the present English champion, H a Now Zealandor, although educated at an English U,ti.iversity'.. A eound, strong player,' of finij pihysiquo and endurance, he is an' example of the results of careful tiion rather than of genius. Ho wins by', tho eovority and uniformity of his" driving, but cm cannot believe that his standard of pky would havo won him tbV championship fivo or eis jears ago. Already this year he hns been beaten by Laurentz, • a French Jad of 16;. by Ritchie, who in his turn was defeated ietiess by A. H. Gobert a young Frenchman, who has improved' won- ; diarfully sa'noo ho was over here last summer, and on Saturday by Mr , 0. P. Dixon, - a resolute, hard-hitting player, who hae'to be counted among the veterans. These de-\ ' feats not only suggost that Mr Wilding is' fa-r from baing a pJayor of genius, but his physical cqndition is not -B'hat it was '. last year." ■ ' - For children's hacking cough at night-" Woods' Great Peppermint Cure; u 6d, 2s 6d. ' ■'•,'..'

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Otago Daily Times, Otago Daily Times, Issue 15198, 18 July 1911

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LAWN TENNIS. Otago Daily Times, Issue 15198, 18 July 1911

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