SALE Star Hotel returned to the Gippsland Premier League tennis winners’ list after two successive losses on Saturday, defeating Traralgon Win TV at home.
Star Hotel won six of the nine rubbers, claiming 92 games to 55. The win keeps it on top of the ladder with two rounds remaining before the final.
Star Hotel dominated the singles, with Abe Schuback defeating Tristan Salerno 6-3 7-6, Brett Carter was too good for Darcy Cook, winning 6-1 6-0, Bayley Hill defeating Willis Doorty 6-4 6-1 and Lexi Joyce overcoming Amelia Charlton 7-5 7-5. Megan Garlick claimed the only singles rubber for Win TV, needing a match tiebreak to overcome Karen Brown.
In the doubles, Schuback and Carter combined to defeat Salerno and Cook 8-0, Salerno and Garlick defeated Schuback and Brown 8-3 for the visitor, while Brown and Carter were too good for Cook and Garlick, 8-1. Carlton and Doory combined in the junior doubles for Win TV to defeat Joyce and Hill in a match tie-break after the shared the first two sets.
BAIRNSDALE late season resurgence continued, this time on the road against second-placed Maffra.
The visitor won a tight contest five rubbers to four and 73 games to 57.
In the singles, Maffra’s Mitchell Allman was too good for Tom Deller, 6-2 6-1, while sister Natalie defeated Melanie Savage 6-2 6-0. Bairnsdale claimed victories with Callum Tomlinson-Dale (6-1 6-2 over Jake Weir), Steph Barnett (6-1 6-1 over Vivien Cadd) and Nick McConville (6-0 6-2 over Sean Day).
Bairnsdale maintained its advantage in the doubles, which were split between the teams.
For Maffra, Mitchell Allman and Weir defeated Deller and Tomlinson-Dale 9-7 and Mitchell and Cadd defeated Barnett and Deller, while Tomlinson-Dale and Barnett defeated Weir and Cadd 8-1 and McConville and Savage defeated Day and Natalie Allman 7-6 6-2 for Bairnsdale.
SALE Heron Todd White enjoyed a successful trip to Traralgon, defeating Loy Yang Power six rubbers and 51 games to three rubbers, 51 games.
The home side began well with its three wins coming in the singles through David Hough (6-2 6-3 over Josh Deschepper), Natasha Tile (6-1 6-3 over Bree Kaandorp) and Kristen Antonopoulos (6-1 6-3 over Paige Wilson). HTW’s singles victories came from Mark Elliman (6-0 6-0 over Ben Grumley) and Brad Olsson (6-1 6-3 over Justin Hough).
The visitor dominated the doubles matches with Deschepper and Elliman defeating David Hough and Grumley 8-4, Deschepper and Kaandorp defeating David Hough and Emma Waite 8-2, Elliman and Kaandorp defeating Grumley and Waite 8-0 and Olsson and Wilson overcoming Justin Hough and Antonopoulos 6-2 6-3.
Ladder: Sale Star Hotel 65, Maffra 60, Bairnsdale 37, Sale Heron Todd White 37, Traralgon Win TV 29, Traralgon Loy Yang Power 22.