Tennis: Matthew Boothby nets place in semi-finals
THE heat is on as competitors battle it out for places in the finals of the Grimsby & District Closed Tennis Championships.
Number one seed in the men's singles Matthew Boothby was involved in a well contested quarter-final with Mike Watkinson, Boothby finding the lines with vital winners to take it 6-3, 6-4.
In the last four, he will play Ken Cowan, who progressed past Sam Eggleston 6-0. 6-3.
The second semi-final will be contested by number two seed Chris Watkinson and number three seed James Dawson.
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Watkinson progressed without breaking sweat, with his opponent, father John, unfortunately having to concede due to a knee injury.
Dawson gave an energetic performance; Alan Holmes lost the first set 6-1 and conceded when 4-1 down in the second.
Number one seed and defending champion Jane Hunter has again made it through to the ladies singles final after a well worked victory over a tenacious Tracy Cardy 6-1 6-3.
She awaits the winner of the remaining semi-final between number two seed Jennifer Smith and number three, Jane Spurrell.
Boothby and John Hampson came through a hard fought men's doubles quarter-final with James Richmond and Dawson 6-2, 6-4.
They face a fascinating semi-final encounter with Richard Hewitt and Watkinson, who advanced with a solid 6-2, 6-1 victory over Adam Wrightham and Rob Henderson.
Awaiting the winners of this one in the final are Cowan and Paul Spurrell, who fought back from 4-1 down in the final set to win an excellent contest with number two seeds Andy Lashbrook and Holmes 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
The number two seeds in the ladies doubles, Smith and Debbie Brockbank, are safely through thanks to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Julie Burley and Henrietta Edwards;
They await the winners of the remaining semi-final between number one seeds Hunter and Jane Spurrell and Jo Watkinson and Ellie Watkinson.
Having lost out at the semi-final stage last year in the men's over-40s singles, number two seed Cowan was determined to go one better.
And having made the vital early break in both sets, he served and volleyed out well to beat Alan Holmes 6-3, 6-3.
Joining him in the final is the number one seed Lashbrook. The defending champion was unstoppable in the first set of his semi-final with Paul Spurrell, taking it 6-0. And he made a decisive break to take the second 6-4.
Paul Archer, last year's beaten finalist, is first through to the round-robin stages to take his place in the final of the men's non-club singles.
While Sarah Prior is through to the ladies plate final where she meets Ann Fox.
Mike McDougal made it through to the men's plate final with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Liam Fox. John Sorensen and James Richmond do battle in the remaining semi-final.
Prior and Fox join forces in the ladies over-45s doubles final where they will play Burley and Edwards.
The finals of all events will be played on Sunday at St James Tennis Club, Hereford Avenue. Play commences at 10.30am and all spectators are welcome.