Canberra ACT 2601, Australia, 21 November 2015 | Tennis ACT

The Canberra Velocity women surged to the top of the North Conference ladder with a 5-1 victory over the Sunshine Coast Breakers.

However, it was mixed fortunes for the Canberra team, with the men losing 2-4, despite world No.30 Nick Kyrgios lining up for doubles.

The Velocity women’s team was strengthened by the return of world No.317 Alison Bai. Bai got the team off to a great start, defeating Kayla Mcphee in two tiebreak sets. Tyra Calderwood and Ashley Keir won in contrasting styles with Calderwood defeating Shan-Ying Barr 4-2, 4-2, but Keir having to fight back from a set down to defeat Ella Husrefovic 2-4, 4-2, 4-0.

With the Velocity leading 3-0, Kaitlin Staines couldn’t close the match out, losing to Somer Dalla-Bona 4-3, 3-4, 4-0.

The Velocity doubles pairings of Bai/Keir and Calderwood/Staines put the match beyond doubt, both winning in straight sets over Mcphee/Dalla-Bona and Husrefovic/Barr respectively.

In the men’s match, the Velocity fell behind quickly losing the first 3 singles rubbers, before James Frawley continued his great form with a comfortable win over Luke Harvey, 4-2, 4-1.

Kyrgios partnered with Daniel Guccione and after a slow start ran away with the match 1-4, 4-1, 5-0.

However, it was the Breakers day taking out the other doubles match 5-4 in the tiebreak.

The Canberra Velocity now play Western Sydney Warriors in Wollongong tomorrow.


Canberra Velocity lt Sunshine Coast Breakers 4-2


No 1. Jake Eames (CV) lt Thomas Fancutt 4-3 4-3

No 2. Daniel Guccione (CV) lt Mitchell Robins 4-1 4-0

No 3. Alex Babanine (CV) lt Brandon Daly-Walkin 4-1 4-2

No 4. James Frawley (CV) d Luke Harvey 4-2 4-1


No 1. Kyrgios/Guccione (CV) d Daly-Walkin/Harvey 1-4 4-1 5-0

No 2. Eames/Frawley (CV) l Fancutt/Robins 3-4 4-1 5-4


Canberra Velocity d Sunshine Coast Breakers 5-1


No 1. Alison Bai (CV) d Kayla Mcphee 4-3 4-3

No 2. Ashley Keir (CV) d Ella Husrefovic 2-4 4-2 4-0

No 3. Tyra Calderwood (CV) d Shan-Ying Barr 4-2 4-2

No 4. Kaitlin Staines (CV) l Somer Dalla-Bona 4-3 3-4 4-0


No 1. (CV) Bai/Keir d Mcphee/Dalla-Bona 4-1 4-3

No 2. (CV) Calderwood/Staines d Husrefovic/Barr 4-1 4-2

Other results

Western Sydney Warriors Men 3 (8 sets, 41 games) d Sydney Saints Men 3 (7 sets, 40 games)

Western Sydney Warriors Women 4 (9 sets, 43 games) d Sydney Saints Women 2 (6 sets, 41 games)