Rubin Statham has completed an unbeaten run in singles in
the New Zealand Tennis Premier League to clinch the title
for Hikurangi over Horokoau.
The 33-year-old New
Zealand number one has won his eighth straight match 6-3 6-3
in 1 hour 14 over Alex Klintcharov to put his team 2-0
Falck and Dylan Heap gained some consolation with
a 7-6 6-1 win over Oliver Statham and Daniel Rowe in the
doubles rubber for a 2-1 win for Hikurangi.
with serve until the fifth game of the first set when
Statham broke the 23-year-old Klintcharov to love and he
never looked back.
“It was a fairy tale
finish to a long process since hip surgery last year and I
feel honoured to be competing again after such a long time.
It was great to come through with my twin brother.”
Statham had earlier
beaten Klintcharov 6-4 7-5 in the first week of
Statham’s twin brother Oliver had got
Hikurangi off to a winning start with a tough three sets win
over 18-year-old Reece Falck.
Statham prevailed in a
marathon 2-hour 22-minute battle 6-3 6-7 (2)
Tongariro beat Taranaki 2-1 in the battle for 5th