Kirktonhill Tennis Club got their league fixtures off to a strong start with wins in both the ladies and gents divisions.

The ladies, newly promoted to division three, continued where they left off last year with a convincing 6-3 home win over Uplawmoor.

Playing at first couple were Karen Haggarty and Trish Cameron who took their time to settle, losing the first set 3-6.

The second set proved to be the game-changer, however, and after some keenly contested rallies, the Kirktonhill pair took this one 7-5 before going on to comfortably take the third 6-2.

Marissa Gordon and Fiona MacDonald were then convincing 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 winners on court two despite having to endure a 10 minute delay in the second set after Fiona took a heavy fall whilst chasing a ball.

Third couple Clare Donnelly and Anna Currie got off to a bright start as they eased into the lead with an impressive 6-2 win in the first set.

However, despite a steady performance, they were frustrated as they went on to narrowly lose the other sets 4-6, 4-6 with the final overall score finishing 6-3 to Kirktonhill.

The gents’ first match of the season was away at Strathgryffe.

Alan Barbour and David Corcoran found themselves up against it on court one in a frustrating match as they went down 3-6, 4-6, 4-6.

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Second pairing Douglas Mackechnie’s and Michael Corcoran’s evening took an unexpected twist when they were awarded the match without a point being played after one of the Strathgryffe players sustained an eye injury in the warm-up.

Rounding off the opening day’s fixtures were Brian Rainey and Stuart Rae on court three with the pair battling back from a set down to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and handing Kirktonhill a narrow 5-4 win overall.

Next weekend will see the club host the Nature Valley Big Tennis weekend which will take place on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.

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