TENNIS: Defeat for Oxfordshire men and ladies in openers

TENNIS: Defeat for Oxfordshire men and ladies in openers

TENNIS: Defeat for Oxfordshire men and ladies in openers

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OXFORDSHIRE’S men’s and ladies teams both tasted defeat on the first day of of the Aegon Summer County Cup.

The men, bidding for a hat-trick of promotions, were edged out 5-4 by Sussex in Group 5 at West Worthing.

And the women found Cambridgeshire too strong in Group 6 at Ilkley in West Yorkshire as they were beaten 7-2.

Oxon’s men had their chances against the home county, holding match point on a couple of occasions as no fewer than four of their nine matches went to three sets.

First pair Jon Maskens & Joe Cartledge won two of three matches, while second pair Nigel Matthews & Harry Brown won one out of three, but had a chance at match point against their Sussex counterparts.

Third pair Benedict Calnan & Tom Greenland also went down 2-1.

The men are playing Hereford & Worcester today and are expecting to get off the mark.

Oxon’s ladies were outgunned by Cambridgeshire who fielded some full-time players.

Their two wins came from Alice Atkins & Sophie Marriott, and Patricia Vallima & Ariadne Katsoulis.

Oxon face Cornwall today.

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