Mark Langeveld claimed his first Tennis Foundation National Series singles title at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as Helen Bond won the women’s singles draw in London.
Langeveld, Ben Johnson-Rolfe, Andy Dear and Nick Smelt all earned on straight sets win apiece on their way to the men’s singles semi-finals and Smelt maintained his hopes of adding to his Welwyn Garden City title earlier in the year when he raced past Dear 6-0, 6-0 to book his place in the final.
By contrast, Langeveld’s semi-final could not have been tougher, but eventually he edged a deciding match tiebreak to defeat Johnson-Rolfe 4-5(6), 4-1, (10-5) and went on to deny Smelt 5-4(4), 4-1 in the final.
The women’s singles began as two round-robin groups of three players and Bond eased through her groups with successive 6-0, 6-0 wins. Suzanne Edwards overcame more experienced opposition to secure straight sets wins over Debbie Brazier and Andrea Weston in the other group, thereby setting up a final against Bond. Bond sebsequently dropped her first games in the title decider, but she still managed to earn a comfortable 4-2, 4-0 victory to take the honours.
The second draw singles featured nine players drawn in three round-robin groups. Group A and Group B were both decided in match tie-breaks. David Singleton took top spot in Group A with a tense 2-4, 4-1, (10-8) win over Nicholas King, while Stuart Newton’s 4-1, 1-4, (10-8) win against Alex Chaston saw him finish top of Group B.
Vasileios Takis was much more comfortable on route to topping Group C after straight sets wins over Tabitha Fung and Alexander De Styrcea and he joined Singleton, King and Newton in the semi-finals.
Whereas King was awarded a walkover for his place in the final, Singleton came through his second match tie-break in three matches to book his place in the title decider after defeating Takis 1-4, 4-0, (10-8). However, the final proved much more one-sided and Singleton defeated King 4-2, 4-0.
Langeveld wrapped up his second title of the tournament when partnering Johnson-Rolfe to victory in the men’s doubles, the duo getting the better of Tim Risby and Smelt 5-3, 4-2 in the final.
Bond also made it a brace of titles when partnering Brazier to victory in the three-way round-robin contest for the women’s doubles, having dropped just two games against Sarah Gaisford and Weston.
There was another straightforward victory for De Styrcea and Takis in the second draw doubles after they sealed a 4-1, 4-2 win over Fung and King.#