HELENSBURGH Tennis Club’s ladies’ first senior team bounced back from back-to-back defeats against Western and David Lloyd Renfrew to defeat Bearsden last week without dropping a set.

Liz Wylie and Gay Black at second couple dug deep to win the first set of their game before their opponents faded in the second and third, while the power and consistency off the ground of first couple Katie Hope and Ann Morison saw them win their match 6-2, 6-0, 6-1.

Next week the team face another tough challenge with their final match away at Newlands.

Alastair Hope and Keith Love also took all three sets for the club’s men’s first team in their away match with Newlands, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-1; however second couple Mike Bews and Stephen Humphreys, despite matching their opponents throughout, lost their match 4-6, 6-7, 4-6 as the tie ended in a draw.

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Jane Carroll and Susan Russell lost all three sets to strong opponents as the Helensburgh ladies’ third veteran team travelled to Anchor; second couple Barbara Gillies and Ann McKelvie narrowly lost their first set 5-7, but bounced back to win the second 7-5 before brushing their opponents aside to win the third 6-1.

The ladies’ fourth veteran team managed a draw at Bearsden, with Ann McKelvie and Carol Young winning 6-2, 6-0, 6-3 – by contrast, though, second couple Phyllis Fullarton and Pat Pryde were up against a very consistent pair, and were outplayed by a margin of 2-6, 1-6, 3-6.

The ladies’ second veteran team continue their struggle to make an impact in their division with the team yet to get a win this season.

Team captain Jeanette Howieson praised her players’ determination but said that the breaks have just not been coming for the team – though she vowed but they would continue to fight for every game.

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