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Titles Retained At RAF Tennis Championships

Both the men's and women's champions held on to their crown at Halton.

The RAF have held their annual tennis championships at Halton.

Both the men's and women's title were successfully defended on the final day.

In the men's final, Andy Keeley was hoping to make it two successful years in a row but had a tough test in his challenger Alastair Johnson. He made a solid start to the contest and raced into a three-game lead in the first set.

He did manage to pull a couple of games back, but the first set belonged to the champion. Keeley won 6-2 but the second set was a much tenser affair.

Frustrations boiled and although Keeley went into a 3-1 lead, Johnson was not giving up yet. In the sixth game, he pulled level at three-all and both men continued to match each other. 

3-3 turned into 6-6 and the game was evenly-poised at a tie-break. Keeley was playing for the win while Johnson was just hoping to stay in the match. He won the point to take the game into a third set.

Unfortunately for Johnson, that is where the game got away from him. A 6-4 set meant Keeley was once again RAF Champion.

Andrea Jackson is the shining light for the females on the RAF Tennis team.

In the women’s match, doubles champion Delia Chadwick came up against the holder of the trophy Andrea Jackson who had won for the previous two years.

It was actually Chadwick who took the initiative and played herself onto the edge of winning the first set at 5-4.

However, Jackson came storming back, taking the next two sets and we had a second tiebreak of the day.

It was a crucial point that shaped the match, Jackson taking the first set by the smallest of margins.

The second set was a much more polished performance from the champion. She took the win by 6 games to 2 and has now won three consecutive RAF titles.

These players will now look to the Inter Services Championships set to be held at Wimbledon later in the summer.