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Siblings share in spoils at Wangaratta

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February 01, 2017

Hope and James Curtis-McDonald (pictured) went into the Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club annual tournament as favourites and did not disappoint.

Hope and James Curtis-McDonald went into the Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club annual tournament as favourites and did not disappoint.

The impressive siblings put on a clinic during mixed doubles action, securing the A-grade title decider against Josh Jennings and Belle Thompson.

Playing single set matches, the Curtis-McDonalds dropped just four games during the tournament.

They breezed through the quarter-finals in an 8-0 victory against Mark Gelderbloem and Madeleine Palmer before conceding just one game in the semi-finals.

Brimming with confidence, James and Hope made the break in the final to win 8-3 and ensure no-one would upset them.

Hope also returned to Shepparton with singles glory.

Preliminary matches had Hope defeat sister D’Arcy 6-2 as well as Kelly Bucewicz.

But although suffering defeat to Thompson in the group stages, Hope turned the tables at the right time.

The finals action had games return to three sets as Hope again toppled Bucewicz in the semi-finals 6-3 6-4. But there would be no swift end in the decider as Hope and Thompson contested the championship.

Having lost the opening set in a tie-breaker, Hope returned to the court on a mission.

Making a break in the second set the Tallygaroopna ace pulled the momentum back her way, sending the match into a third.

But there was no question as to where the game was heading in the final set, with Hope pulsating as she demolished her opponent 6-0 to be crowned the women’s champion.

To complete a perfect tournament D’Arcy and Hope topped the standings in the women’s doubles to add another trophy to the brimming Curtis-McDonald collection.

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