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Ouvarov's class shines through in tennis finals

MICHAEL Ouvarov showed why he was once ranked 660 in the world as he beat Alex Hartley 6-0, 6-1 at Great Missenden Lawn Tennis Club's finals day.

At least Hartley had the small consolation of managing to break the champion's serve.

Ouvarov then teamed up with fellow coach Luke Du Casse to win the men's doubles 6-0, 6-3 against James Harley and Tor Stockdale - which represented something of a fightback because it was 6-0, 3-0 going into a rain break.

The ladies' singles final was a much closer affair, with Lottie Hayward-Cook playing in her first senior finals day, losing 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to the experienced Nicki Hartley.

The doubles was also much tighter than the men's contest, with Hartley and Kate Brown coming back from a set down to beat twins Lottie and JoJo Hayward-Cook 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.

It was a busy day all round for newly-wed Hartley, who returned to the court with husband Alex to take on James Harley and Ellie Muir in the mixed doubles final.

The Hartleys won the first set 6-2, but eventually Harley and Muir took the prize, winning 6-4 in the second and 6-3 in the decider.

There was also some great veterans tennis this year. In the ladies vets doubles, Ana Coggon and Jackie Twitchett beat Alex Harley and Ros Morris 6-3, 6-3.

In the men's vets, Andrew Ginger and Mike Rouse beat Steve Chaplin and Andy Osborne 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, and in the mixed vets, Roger Marris and Ana Coggon beat Andrew Ginger and Christine Phillips 6-3, 6-3.

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