School sports: MGS clinch C girls' tennis title again, ACS(I)'s boys' crown is third straight

SINGAPORE - Methodist Girls' School (MGS) retained the Schools National tennis C division championships title on Monday, beating Nanyang Girls' High School 4-1 on Monday at the Kallang Tennis Centre.

In the first two singles, MGS took them comfortably 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0. This was then followed by two victories in the doubles match-ups - 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-0. However, Nanyang got a consolation point back in the third singles tie with a 6-4 , 6-1 win.

Having already faced each other before in the group stage, where MGS were 3-2 victors, their players were not about to let complacency cost them ahead of their final against Nanyang.

"Even though we knew we were the favourites to win, I'm really happy our team were not over-confident of themselves," said Lim Min, 14, the MGS captain. "We know that anything can happen and no matter what, we really have to give it our all."

MGS' coach Ang Hock Chai also echoed the same sentiments.

"I told my girls - look, we have beaten them but that doesn't mean it's a walk in the park," he said. "I tried to psyche them up a little bit and they believed they could win it. I'm very happy with the way they carry themselves as favourites and come out winning the title."

MGS' 13-year-old Clare Cheng - who missed a few of the group-stage ties and the semi-finals due to her participation in the International Tennis Federation U-14 World Junior Tennis pre-qualifying tournament held in Sri Lanka in early March - cited her experience there as crucial towards her preparation for the final.

She said: "Previously, I was quite impatient and I'd always go for the shots but in Sri Lanka, I learnt you can't really do that. I learnt to slow down, be more patient and wait for the opportunity before going for the kill-shot.

"In Singapore, I applied it to my game. However, I was still feeling nervous after not being around for the semi-final and earlier matches. But based on my match experience in Sri Lanka and previous finals, I learnt to calm down and just play my best."

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) edged out Raffles Institution 3-2 in a repeat of the 2014 C boys' final. It was their third title in a row.