TENNIS: Oxon seniors storm to stunning success

Oxfordshire’s Over 50s women. From left: Tracey Hodson, Ruth Ballantyne, Mary Joyner and Sarah Widdowson

Oxfordshire’s Over 50s women. From left: Tracey Hodson, Ruth Ballantyne, Mary Joyner and Sarah Widdowson

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OXFORDSHIRE’S Over 50s women enjoyed an emphatic 8-0 win over Cambridgeshire to go top of Division 3 of the Senior Inter-County Championships.

In the tie, played at Abingdon’s White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre, Oxfordshire’s first pair of Ruth Ballantyne (Blewbury) and Sarah Widdowson (Virgin Active) triumphed 6-3, 7-6 in their opening match.

In the second-string clash, Mary Joyner (North Oxford) and Tracey Hodson (Basildon) won 6-4, 6-2.

The new pairing of Joyner and Hodson proved too strong for Cambridge’s first pair in the third rubber, dropping just one game on the way to victory.

Ballantyne and Widdowson completed the whitewash, beating the Cambridge second pair 6-0, 7-5.

  • BANBURY enjoyed a 3-1 home victory against North Oxford B, in Mixed Division 1 of the OLTA Wilson Summer League.

Virgin Active won by the same margin at Oxford City, while Woodstock beat hosts Thame 4-0.

OLTA Mixed League

RESULTS

Div 1: Banbury 3, North Oxford B 1; Cholsey 2, North Oxford 2; Oxford City 1, Virgin Active 3; Thame 0, Woodstock 4.

Div 2: Abingdon 3, Bicester 1; Benson 3, Woodstock B 1; Wantage 0, Witney 4; Wantage B 2, Banbury B 2.

Div 3: Blewbury 2, David Lloyd 2; Goring 3, North Oxford C 1; Portcullis 3, Banbury West End 1.

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