Matthew Asciak continued to cement himself as the top player in the local tennis scene after winning the MSV Life Marsa Open men’s singles and doubles, held recently at Marsa Sports Club.

In the final, played at the Gordon Asciak Tennis Academy in-door courts, Asciak beat Bradley Callus in straight sets.

Both players produced some excellent tennis which pleased the sizeable crowd. However, Asciak, fresh from his fine showings at the Davis Cup tournament in Estonia, was in control throughout the match, winning it 6-2 6-1.

In the semi-finals, Asciak eliminated Denzil Agius while Callus stopped the impressive run of Ben Farrugia in reaching the last four.

In the doubles medal match, Asciak/Callus beat Mark Gatt/Loic Reynaud 6-2 6-1.

In the women’s singles, Alina Shcherbinina, still 12 years old, had the better of Brenda Galea in the final, winning 6-4 6-0.

Trophies were distributed in the presence of Godwin Borg, chairman of the Tennis Section, Norman Mifsud, representing MSV Life, and Ralph Asciak, the Marsa Sports Club chairman.

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