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UEL tennis smash through BUCS Qualifiers

The flag was flown high for UEL at the BUCS Tennis qualifying in High Wycombe on February 25 and 26 with all four qualifying spaces in the men’s event going to UEL players and two out of three in the female event also going to UEL ladies.

In the men’s event number one seed Lewis Thompson came through a scare in the second round with a three set victory, to find himself against a team mate - Michael Elortegui, in the last round. For a third successive year UEL captain Thompson secured his spot in the main draw.

Number two seed James Ledger had a comfortable time in qualifying, dropping a total of 5 games in his three qualifying matches. The last round looked to be another routine performance for him, winning the first set 6-0. But he made life difficult as he let his opponent settle into the match and find himself some rhythm, despite this, Ledger won his ticket to the main draw 6-0 6-4.

Patrick Eichler, UEL’s only unbeaten player throughout the league, made hard work of his draw, with an easy looking pathway into the main draw. Especially when he was 5-4 and a break down in his second match, but pulled through and then found him in a scrappy encounter in the last round finding it hard to break the big serving player from LSE, who beat UEL’s Christopher Neill-Smith, but eventually prevailed 6-3 6-4.

The last spot went to Jared Linzell who had the toughest time qualifying dropping a set in the last round. After cruising through the first set, Linzell seemed to switch off mentally and he paid the price as his opponent, also from LSE took full advantage to force a deciding third set. which Linzell switched back on and rapidly found himself 5-0 up and held serve to ensure a UEL clean sweep of the men’s spaces in the main draw.

In the woman’s draw, number one seed Winde Jansens who received a walkover into the final round, was lined up against team mate Brielle Koulen. Jansens seemed in control from the start of the match taking the first set 6-1 in quick fashion, but Koulen came back in the second, forcing Jansens to work hard for her place in main draw, which she did 6-1 6-4.

Number four seed Aleks Mitrovska had the hard task of sending two team mates out of the competition by beating Marie Prulhiere and Millie Severino in the second and last rounds respectively. With the match against Severino more comfortable than expected by winning 6-3 6-1.

Ava Peruhova had the chance to make it a complete sweep for UEL across men’s and women’s draws, but fell one win short. She found herself a set to the good, but appeared to tire as her opponent started to force Peruhova into errors and sent her out of the tournament 4-6 6-2 6-0.

UEL's five players will compete in the national finals from March 30 - April 2 in Loughborough. For more information about the UEL tennis programme visit www.uel.ac.uk/sport.