GBTI Tennis: Anderson survives upset scare, moves into quarter-finals
The men’s number two seeded player, Donnie Anderson, survived a see-saw battle against the skilled-lefty, Ronald Murray, in a highly entertaining match and notched a hard-fought 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win in the GBTI Tennis Open.
Anderson, a semi-finalist last year, dropped the opening set after leading 2-0.
The 19-year-old appeared to be in his comfort zone and was a point away from securing the early break for a 3-0 lead, before Murray fired a return winner to level the game at deuce.
The third game went to numerous deuces before Murray blasted two forehand winners to immediately get the break back.
Murray’s hard-hitting and sharp angles troubled the number two seed and awarded him the opening set 6-4.
With the match being postponed to the following day due to inclement weather, Anderson opened the second set with a love service hold.
The former Boys champion displayed some brilliant tennis to break Murray three times and take the second set 6-2.
Anderson carried the same momentum into the final set and fended off a spirited fight from Murray to eventually prevail.
Other notable results:
Men’s Open Singles: 2018 finalist, Jonathan Fagundes defeated Dlon Fraser 6-2, 6-0 to make his first quarter-finals in three years. Harvey Stoll dominated Matthew Sing 6-1, 6-0 and Saevion David-Longe battled past Philbert Clarke 6-4, 6-2. Both winners have advanced to their first Round-of-16.
Ladies Open Singles: Last year’s finalist and number one seed Renola Jordan dispatched Karen Hulefeld 6-0, 6-0 in the quarter-finals.
Men’s 35 and Over Singles: Steve David-Longe advanced to the semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Surrendra Khayyam.