Champion Robson retains his title after a hard-fought final

Mark Robson and Joel Rollinson

Mark Robson and Joel Rollinson

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Glorious weather made Bridlington Tennis Club’s finals day extra special on Saturday as the players battled it out for the honour of becoming champions for 2014.

Mark Robson took on Joel Rollinson in the men’s singles final on the faster, hard court surface and both players thrilled the spectators with a display of controlled power.

Robson, champion in 2013, has developed his game still further this year and always sought to take the initiative, using heavy topspin on both forehand and backhand.

Rollinson adopted a more containing strategy and soaked up the pressure, gaining points when Robson pushed too aggressively.

The differing tactics achieved a balance in the first set until Robson finally broke serve to win 6-4.

This breakthrough seemed to spur Robson on and he achieved an early break of service to lead 4-2 in the second set. Rollinson was not to be outdone and he lifted his game, winning more rallies to break back to 4-4.

Robson’s attacking tactic was enhanced by rushing the net to score some emphatic volleyed winners and he once again broke through to take the second and deciding set by the same margin.

Overall, it was a very close match and both players should be pleased that they gave such an entertaining match.

The women’s singles final was between Sue Wells and Keren Miller on the grass courts, while in the ladies’ doubles Carolien Lino and Margaret Brown took on Julie Christlow and Sue Wells.

Kirill Zcaivecs and Jon Bell faced Chris Jinks and Juan Carlos Lino in the men’s doubles and Carolien Lino and Rollinson teamed up to play Margaret Brown and Mark Robson in the mixed.