Southampton's Steve Crompton wins Plymouth Winter Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Southampton's Steve Crompton wins Plymouth Winter Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

The penultimate event in the 2012 Tennis Foundation Wheelchair Tennis Development Series saw Plymouth stage a wheelchair tennis tournament for the second successive year.



The men's singles started with two round-robin groups that both came to thrilling conclusions as Southampton's Steve Crompton (pictured) defeated 2011 champion Colin Davies 4-2, 0-4, (10-7) in a deciding match tie-break to finish top of his pool and earn a place in the final.

In the other round-robin group Dave Berridge and James Shaw contested the deciding match, with Berridge coming from a set down to beat Shaw 2-4, 4-2, (10-6) after another match tie-break.

The final brought a more straightforward victory for Crompton as he kept the Plymouth title on the south coast after defeating Berridge 4-1, 4-2.

There was also an exciting conclusion to the women's singles. Sarah Gaisford and Hilary Endicott both dropped a total of just two games in two of their round-robin matches. However, when they went head-to-head a much tougher match was in store before Gaisford won the first singles title of her young career after beating Endicott 5-4(0), 5-4(1) after two tie-breaks.

Berridge and Davies both gained some compensation for their losses to Crompton in the men's singles after they and their respective partners beat Crompton and Ryan Stevens in the men's doubles.

Davies and Shaw went on to win the men's doubles title after defeating Berridge and Mark Leighton 4-2, 5-4(3).

Gaisford and Endicott found themselves on opposite sides of the net again in the women's doubles final, with Endicott and Faye West easing past Gaisford and Alison Smith 4-2, 4-1.

Davies and West completed the tournament with two titles each to their names after the men's and women's doubles winners paired up to win the mixed doubles after they defeated Berridge and Endicott 4-1, 4-2 in the final.



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