Tennis ace Josh Goodall comes back with a bang

Basingstoke Gazette: Josh Goodall. Josh Goodall.

BASINGSTOKE-born tennis player Josh Goodall has returned to action after a couple of months break from the game, during which he decided his future in the sport and pondered retirement.

The break looked to have done the 28-year-old the world of good as he finished second in one of two Futures tournaments in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

In his first event since October, Goodall, now ranked 464 in the world, made it all the way to the final before being beaten by India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

To reach the final, the Basingstoke-born player beat American Mico Santiago 7-5, 6-1 and then Taipei’s Chieh-Fu Wang 7-6, 6-3.

This set-up a quarter-final tie with the number one seed, Tsung-Hua Yang, who had only dropped two games in his previous win.

However, Goodall took the first set 6-1, but then Yang hit back to level the match, taking the second 7-5.

The decider saw the Brit come out on top as he won it 6-3 and this set-up a semi-final clash with German number three seed Robin Kern.

This proved to be a titanic battle as, after losing the first set 6-2, Goodall won the second set after a tie-break.

As the tension grew he won the decider, also on a tie-break.

This set up a final with Ramanathan, which unfortunately he lost in three sets.

During his break from competitive tennis, Goodall has started to do some coaching with 18-year-old Brit Harry Meehan.

In his second tournament in Cambodia, the master got a lesson from the student as Meehan beat Goodall in a second round tie in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 4-6.

Meehan was then beaten in the quarter-finals by the number six seed Karunuday Singh in straight sets, but it was a great result to reach the last eight for the Brit, who is ranked outside the world 1,500, and bodes well for 2014.

Goodall and Meehan also paired up in the doubles and reached the semi-finals in one event, where they were knocked out by Asian pairing Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul and Danai Udomchoke.

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