Chandos Tennis Club reach semi-finals of National Premier Indoor League

Left to right: Chadnos Tennis Club's Sizya Kivanda, Oliver Gan, Gunther Darkey, Marcus Gan, Komlavi

Left to right: Chadnos Tennis Club's Sizya Kivanda, Oliver Gan, Gunther Darkey, Marcus Gan, Komlavi Loglo - Credit: Archant

Chandos Tennis Club reached the semi-finals of the National Premier Indoor League at the weekend after a thrilling quarter-final victory which needed a championship tie-breaker to decide the contest.

Having secured their place in the last eight in February, the six-man team from the club which is based in Golders Green overcame Virgin Active Wearside 3-2 to reach the last four.

Captain Gunther Darkey and Komlavi Loglo – who have both played in the Davis Cup for Ghana and Togo – lost the first rubber 1-6, 6-4, 0-1 (10-7), but Marcus Gan and Oliver Gan won their match 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8).

The two pairs then played each other’s previous opponents, and Darkey and Loglo went down 6-4, 6-7, 0-1 (10-3), but the Gans triumphed 7-6, 6-7, 1-0 (10-6) to tie the match at 2-2.

All four rubbers had gone to tie-breaks and a final one was needed to separate the sides, with Oliver Gan and Loglo winning 10-8 to secure a place in the semi-finals.

Chandos went on to face Gosling in the last four and they lost 4-0 to the team who finished as the runners-up.