Top honours for Zafiris, Board

ANTHONY Zafiris and Jess Board are Sale Tennis Club’s new open champions, after its club championships on Sunday.

Board carried all before her in the open women’s singles, giving the club its ninth winner in 10 years.

With her strong ground strokes and solid all round game, Board may be able to buck the club’s trend and defend the title next year.

In the largest draw in 10 years, Board clinched the final without dropping a set.

Her opponent for the final, Nok Pate, battled through several tough matches to reach the final, however Board proved too strong, taking out a decisive victory.

Board is the 24th woman to have her name engraved on the Sharpe Cup for women’s open champion.

Abe Schuback and club coach Anthony Zafiris won through to the final of the men’s open singles, without dropping a set along the way.

In a classic display of singles, Zafiris was clinical in winning in straight sets to clinch his first club championship title in his first attempt.

As a 12-time winner, Schuback provided stiff opposition in the best quality final played at the club in a decade, but Zafiris proved too strong with his powerful serve and penetrating groundstrokes keeping his opponent off balance.

Zafiris becomes the 17th winner in 67 years of the McLoghlin Perpetual Trophy.

In the 18 and under girls’ singles, Board added a second title when she was successful over Georgia Roberts, who was playing in her first 18 and under event.

Remarkably, Board has now won the open women’s and the 18 and under events at both the Wellington Gippsland Tennis Association Championships and now the same two events at Sale, all without dropping a set and still being eligible for the 14 and under events.

In the 18 and under boys’ singles, Hunter Pearce performed well to defend his title in the honour board event. Pearce defeated Pawadon Wongsawat, who was playing in his first 18 and under final.

After a slow start to the set which saw him down early, Pearce was able to work his way back into the set and run out a narrow winner.

Among other highlights of the day, Sen Gould took out the 14 and under boys’ singles and the 16 and under boys’ singles, as well as the family doubles with his mother Masami.

Damien Theobald won his first ever tennis trophy in the men’s doubles with partner Robin Lowe, and then backed it up in the mixed doubles with Suzanne Ross.

Mia Goold won three from three, taking out the 10 and under girls’ singles, the 12 and under girls’ singles and partnering with Lucy Best in the 14 and under girls’ doubles to complete a remarkable day of tennis.

Josiah Levchenko was successful in the 10 and under boys’ singles against his brother Judah, and then backed up in the 12 and under boys’ singles, where he defeated Sam Bertino.

The family doubles event proved even more popular, with a large field of enthusiastic players.

It was the first opportunity for many parents to play a match with their children, and it is unclear whether it was the parents or children who enjoyed it most.