Tennis leaders pushed all the way

Rapaura Wairau River Blanc duo Glen Cameron, serving, and Ant Walkenhorst during their doubles match on Wednesday. Photo: Peter Jones.

Renwick CPR continued their unbeaten run in the Wine Brokers NZ Marlborough premier tennis competition, but were made to fight all the way to secure victory on Wednesday evening.

Renwick defeated Marlborough Forrest Wines on a countback in the match of the round after matches were tied at 3-3.

Marlborough made a fast start, Hamish Morrow and Jay Geris beating the father and son combination of Oscar Sandford-Jury and Dave Sanford 6-3, 6-4 in the top doubles.

However Renwick bounced back in the other double, Joseph Sandford-Jury and Mieko Kimura beating Stephen Dempster and

Amber Lyons in straight sets.

With Oscar Sandford-Jury edging Morrow in a third set tie-breaker in the top singles Renwick got their nose in front, however Lyons notched a three-set win over Kimura in the women’s singles to level the tie again.

Dempster won his singles clash, as did Joseph Sandford-Jury, leaving the overall match scores tied, Renwick prevailing 69-63 on games won after each side won the same number of sets.

In the other tie, Rapaura Wairau River Blanc defeated Rapaura Wairau River Noir 5-1.

In the top double, Ant Walkenhorst and Glen Cameron defeated Hamish McRae and Jared Bell 6-3, 7-5. Blanc then went 2-0 up when Hugh Robinson and Donna Clark defeated Blair Harvey and Ella Sowman 6-4, 6-4.

In the singles Walkenhorst beat McRae 7-5, 6-2, Robinson downed Harvey 6-4, 7-6, Cameron overcame Bell 6-1, 6-4 and Sowman defeated Clark 6-4, 6-4 to claim Noir’s point.

In division two, Marlborough Next Gen defeated Rapaura Wairau River Rose 4-2 while Renwick Rallycats downed Marlborough Nga Hau Wha 5-1.

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