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Jan
12

Day 1 of IHG: Tennis (Males) Preliminary Match

Written by Celine Yeap

Results of Tennis (M) First Preliminary Round: KE vs. KR. 0-5

Match

KE

KR

Score (KE-KR)

1St Singles

Kegan Lim

Matthew Liu (IVP)

1-9

2nd Singles

Treye Teo

Jaymond Lit

1-9

3rd Singles

Jasper Wang

Benjamin Lim (IVP)

0-5 (Conceded)

1st Doubles

Rajeev Kumar and Darrell Lim

John Woo (IVP) and Justin Neo

2-9

2nd Doubles

Isaac Chay and Yinghan Tan

Daniel Beh and Jason Goh

3-9

Overall

0-5

The evening of January the 3rd marked the start of the rigorous and challenging period for KE7’s athletes: Inter Hall Games (IHG), the annual event bringing the six halls together in competitive spirit. Kicking start this year’s IHG were KE’s very own tennis male team, pitted against Kent Ridge Hall as the inaugural match of the season. The guys team this year was headed by freshman and Captain, Kegan Lim and his line-up of tennis players for IHG included several new and old faces. Their opponent, Kent Ridge Hall (KR) with its line-up of players, including three IVPs proved a challenged to our guys. KR’s strength in tennis surpassed those of our hardworking players and an overall loss of 0 – 5 resulted. Despite our loss, the effort put forth by the guys was commendable and peppered with occasional successes.

Our males tennis team!

Firstly, a brief introduction to IHG tennis and how it is played, for those who are not clear about the game play. IHG Tennis is separated into Males and Females tournaments. A team consists of two doubles pairs and 3 singles;  a total of 5 matches are played. A match is won when a player (and his partner, in doubles) wins 9 games. The winning team is the one that wins at least three out of five matches.

On the tennis courts at the SRC, players were seen warming up with each other as early as 5:30 pm. The weather was just perfect for the first preliminary round and at 6:15 pm, the games began! The first match of the day was our 2nd males doubles pair, freshman Isaac Chay and senior Yinghan Tan against Daniel Beh and Jason Goh of KR. Our guys took off to a rough start, committing several faulty serves to their disadvantage and losing to the powerful forehand shots of the guys of KR. As the score lay dangerously at 5-0, Isaac and Yinghan got their act together and picked up momentum, bringing the score to 7-3, even winning a sudden death game point. In the end, however, it was KR’s stamina that won the match, bringing the score to an overall of 9-3.

Warming up before the games

The second match of the night, and a highly anticipated one at that, was battled out between Captain Kegan and Matthew Liu, one of KR’s IVPs. Despite being a freshman, Kegan was voted into captaincy by his teammates by virtue of his experience in the sport; freshman Treye Teo said that he voted Kegan as captain “because he was the best player in the team”. The match proved to be an adrenaline-pumping affair. The match was characterised by continuous rallies between the two opponents, hitting the ball long and far with great force and speed, with the ball always almost grazing the top of the net. IVP Matthew’s approach was to alternate hitting the ball between the two corners of the court, forcing Kegan to run back and forth, expending all his energy. In spite of Kegan’s skills and determination, KR’s Matthew proved too strong an opponent, and the match was lost with an overall score of 9-1.

Next up was the 2nd singles match of the night, pitting KE’s freshman Treye Teo against Jaymond Lit of KR. As a softball player who occasionally plays tennis, this match was a testing ground for Treye. The match started off strongly for both opponents, who seemed to be comparable in strength. The shots they made hit fast and with great forc. Treye demonstrated surprising strength, winning a game with powerful smashes and well played serves. Kegan, surprised, was heard mentioning to another teammate “I never knew he had it in him!” The match progressed however in a downhill manner. In spite of Treye’s endurance and hardwork, Jaymond of KR managed to win with unexpectedly swift and powerful shots, catching Treye off guard.  The match ended with an overall score of 9-1.

Seth and Darrell

Following this was the penultimate match of the night: the 2nd doubles, involving the teamwork of freshman Darrell Lim and senior Rajeev Kumar. They were up against two strong and experienced players of KR, including their captain, Justin Neo and his partner, John Woo – a senior IVP. Rajeev and Darrell put a good fight, although the wits and strength of the KR duo proved to outsmart and outplay our 2nd males doubles. KR managed to win a number of points and games by playing to KE’s weaknesses. Other times, an attack of volleys and swift forehand shots caught Darell and Rajeev by surprise, rendering them unable to return the shot. Nevertheless, the KE duo persevered to the end of the match, despite losing to KR. The final score of the match was 9-2.

Returning a serve!

 The final match of the night pitted Jasper Wang of KE against another of KR’s IVPs, Benjamin Lim. Although having lost four matches already, a commendable effort was put up by Jasper early on in the match. Eventually, nonetheless, he was soon overcome by the ferocity of Benjamin’s serves and shots that a defeat was conceded at a score of 5-0 to KR.

The final tally thus stands at 5-0 to KR. Nevertheless, good job for the effort guys! Keep those spirits high and all the best for the next rally against Raffles Hall! KEViians, be sure to go down and support our team! The next preliminary round against Raffles will be held this Friday, the 6th of January!


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