The University of Sheffield’s first teams progressed into the next round of their respected cups on Wednesday afternoon, but the Women’s 2s fell to an agonising defeat.
The Women’s 1s beat Birmingham 1s 10-2, while the Men’s 1s triumphed 8-4 away at Leeds 3s.
Natalie Bacon and Carla Bâceanu started the day off at Graves Leisure Centre with a comprehensive 7-6 , 6-1 doubles win, while Ashy Foster and Helen Morse won 6-4, 6-1.
The mismatch in quality between the two sides was clear during the singles, as Morse triumphed 7-5, 6-2. Bâceanu then destroyed her opponent with an incredible performance, a double bagel victory 6-0, 6-0. Foster put the victory beyond any doubt to take Sheffield into double figures, 10-0 (two points for every rubber win).
Even though Bacon lost the last 1sts singles match 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 it was a very impressive performance overall from the team.
Incredibly, the 2s then blew a 6-0 lead to crash out of the cup.
Ying Pui Yan and Isabel Schrapler edged through their doubles match 3-6, 6-, 10-6, while another third set victory of 6-3, 5-7 10-5, from Sarah Morse and Natalie Youhana, followed. Schrapler’s 7-5, 6-1 triumph rolled the score-line to 6-0, as they seemingly eased to victory.
But the lead closed to four when S. Morse fell to an unfortunate 7-6, 6-3 loss, and when Youhana lost 6-1, 6-1 the gap became two with one singles match remaining. Frustratingly for Sheffield, a partially injured Yan lost and at 6-6 the tie went to an extra-time knockout.
Two singles and one doubles match occurred, the winner the first to two points, one point for a victory in each. And, heartbreakingly for the 2s, they lost both singles and doubles, crashing out of the cup.
Elsewhere, the Men’s 1s beat Leeds 3s 8-4 in the Northern Conference Cup. Captain Tom Dyakowski won both his singles and doubles matches, the latter with Alex Wood, while Vilis Vitolis triumphed in his singles. Jack Kearton was brought into the team but unfortunately lost both of his matches, partnering up with Vitolis in the doubles.