Emma Cook

Posted by admin | Emma Cook | | Tuesday 20 March 2012 1:34 pm

Emma Cook wins Women’s Singles title at Yonex Activcity East of Scotland Senior 2012.

Scotland’s Emma Cook displayed an elevated performance as she defeated Marlene Kay in the final showdown and claimed Women’s Singles title at Yonex Activcity East of Scotland Senior 2012 in Scotland, on Sunday, March 18.

Emma, who was the second seed in Women’s Singles main draw of the championship, had to work extra hard to chuck out her un-seeded opponent Marlene in a hard-fought rubber-set contest.

The second seed consumed 35 minutes in the court to overpower Marlene in a thrilling fight that took three games of fast and attacking badminton from both shuttlers.

On the other hand, Marlene won the opening set with an incredible margin. However, she lost her focus in the match and eventually lost the following two sets with a decent margin on the score board.

In the first game, Emma was shocked as she received a severe treatment from her lower ranked rival.

She could not play competitive badminton and remained struggling far behind on the score board until the one-minute break in the first set.

After the break, Marlene continued snapping Emma’s heel by playing to her maximum speed. She did not drop her speed at any stage in the game and remained in commanding position.

On the other hand, Emma could not live up to expectations in the first set and lost it with a humiliating margin of 9-21.

Nevertheless, in the second set, Emma played positive badminton and also matched the pace of rallies. She was focused this time and also managed a small lead until the break.

After the one-minute interval, the higher ranked Emma continued her elevated performance in the second game and managed to bag it with a comfortable score of 21-15.

In the deciding set, both ladies remained close in the first half as no one could get a good position in the set.

However, Emma managed to take a reasonable lead in the concluding half of deciding set and managed to win it with a three-point margin of 21-18.

Emma emerged as victorious of this 35-minute three-set final showdown with a 9-21, 21-15 and 21-18 score on the board.

Women’s tennis

Posted by admin | Women’s tennis | | Tuesday 20 March 2012 1:33 pm

Women’s tennis: Strong singles play sends U.Va. past Tribe.

William and Mary entered Sunday’s match against No. 7 Virginia after splitting its two matches in the past week. The College knocked off Wisconsin at home last Sunday, but then had its momentum halted in a 5-2 defeat to N.C. State Wednesday.The Tribe’s attempt to knock off Virginia came up short as the College lost all but one of its matches, resulting in a 6-1 defeat. The match moved the Cavaliers to 12-2 overall and dropped the College to 4-11.

“U.Va. is definitely not an unbeatable team, despite their ranking and record,” head coach Meredith Geiger-Walton said. “Even without a full lineup, which I have yet to have had this entire season, we were still in a position to win. There’s no doubt we’ve probably suffered more losses given the fact that we’ve been fighting through some of these matches without a full lineup.

Virginia lost the first match of the day, as the College’s nationally ranked No. 39 doubles tandem of sophomore Maria Belaya and sophomore Jeltje Loomans defeated the No. 16 doubles team of senior Emily Fraser and sophomore Li Xi. After the opening set ended in a tie, the College’s duo won the tiebreaker to take the match 8-7 (4).The Cavaliers then recovered to win the next two matches, capturing the doubles point. U.Va.’s Erin Vierra and Hana Tomljanovic downed junior Anik Cepeda and sophomore Hope Johnson, 8-2 at the No. 2 spot, while senior Katie Kargl and senior Toni Ford, 8-3 at the No. 3 spot, gave the Cavaliers a 2-1 doubles victory.

Despite the Cavaliers doubles victory, the Belaya-Loomans win counted for the duo’s 16th win of the season, and third win over a top-25 nationally ranked group.Moving into singles play, Belaya lost to No. 15 Emily Fraser, 7-5, 6-3, in the No. 1 seed match up. The No. 2 seeds provided some excitement, as Virginia’s No. 42 senior Lindsey Herdenbergh struggled to get past Loomans. Herdenbergh won the first set 6-2, but Loomans stormed back to claim the second set with an identical 6-2 score, setting up a crucial final set. Herdenbergh prevailed in the third set, dropping Loomans by a 6-4 count.

The rest of the Tribe fared no better, as each match saw Virginia cruise to a win. No. 90 Xi handed Johnson a 6-0, 6-1 loss in the No. 3 position. Virginia’s Vierra handled Kargl with relative ease, earning a 6-1, 6-1, straight set victory in the No. 5 position. Finally, U.Va.’s Caryssa Peretz defeated sophomore Sydney Smith to round out the Cavaliers’s victory.

The College’s lone point came from Cepeda’s win over Tomljanovic. Cepeda dropped the first set 6-4, and was leading the second set 2-1 when Tomljanovic was forced to retire, providing the College with a victory.The Tribe returns home for a match against Virginia Tech before playing host to Ivy League foes Columbia and Harvard over the weekend.It was evident to us that a team ranked top-10 in the country is not unbeatable and we are so close to being a team in the top-10 in the country,” Geiger-Walton said. “We just need a few things to fall our way and there is no doubt we will be a different team with a full line up.”

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