Linette crowned Manchester Trophy champion, Duan/Zhu win doubles title

Linette crowned Manchester Trophy champion, Duan/Zhu win doubles title

Magda Linette prevailed in a tough three-set encounter against Zarina Diyas to win her first grass court title at the LTA’s Manchester Trophy on Sunday.
The top seed from Poland needed two hours 14 minutes to secure a 7-6(1) 2-6 6-3 victory over 2017 champion Diyas in a match which was interrupted by rain.
A nervy start from Linette saw her broken in the first game but a rain delay at 2-1 helped her to regroup. She won four consecutive games on the resumption of the match to lead 5-2 and although she was pegged back to 5-5 she retained her focus and took the first set in the tiebreak after 58 minutes. 
Diyas raised her level in the second set, breaking twice thanks to some punishing ground strokes and quickly levelled the score at a set apiece. The Kazakh maintained her momentum at the start of the decider, breaking in the opening game but Linette immediately broke back. The next four games went with serve before Linette secured a crucial break of serve in the seventh game and then held on to serve out the match.
“It feels amazing, especially because it’s my first title on the grass,” said Linette. “I’m really happy because these tournaments before Wimbledon are really tough because there aren’t many of them and all the girls want to play. I was happy to play all my matches on the grass and to play so well.”
Duan Ying-Ying and Zhu Lin made their first week together a successful one when they lifted the trophy in the women’s doubles. The Chinese pair, who knocked out the No.2 seeds Jiang Xinyu and Tang Qianhui in the semi-finals, defeated Robin Anderson and Laura-Ioana Paar 6-4 6-3 in the final in just 67 minutes. It was a second final in as many weeks for Duan who finished runner-up in the women’s doubles at Roland Garros last Sunday with Zheng Saisai.
“We prepared a lot last night and our coach told us a lot about them so we were ready but it was a tough match because it’s the final and we were a little nervous,” said Zhu. “We played better and better each match this week and we are really happy to win.” 


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Volunteers Week 2019

Volunteers Week 2019

Between the 1st and 7th of June we celebrate Volunteers’ Week, a national week where we give recognition to all volunteers that work in many voluntary sectors, without you, many organizations, like ours would simply not exist.

Roch Valley Radio has over 50 volunteers that carry out numerous tasks, both on-air being a radio presenter to collecting music requests on the hospital wards, fundraising, attending bag packs, speaking to people in the community and more.

Throughout this week we’ll be posting interviews with volunteers so that they can tell you themselves, how great volunteering is.

If you’d like to get involved with us over the summer at a number of the events we’re attending, we’d love to have you come along.

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Roch Valley Radio will be Radcliffe FC’s official radio provider for the 2019-2020 season.

Roch Valley Radio will be Radcliffe FC’s official radio provider for the 2019-2020 season.

Roch Valley Radio is delighted to announce that we will be working with Radcliffe FC during the 2019/2020 season to bring fans and supporters full match commentary.

We are excited of this agreement with our local club as it will benefit the fans and community that can’t make the games or that are ‘exiled to still follow the games from anywhere around the world’ via our mobile apps and website.

Our match day coverage will consist of the pre-match build-up, full live uninterrupted coverage provided by our voluntary commentary team and then post-match interviews and discussions, with some supporter reactions.

Our Chairman, David Murphy said, “This is a fantastic opportunity of working with a great local club while enhancing our outreach in the local community to provide a service that can benefit both the station, Radcliffe FC and their fans all around the world “.

Sports Coordinator, Adam Clark said, “Non-league football is a passion of mine, and it doesn’t always get the coverage it deserves in the main-stream media, I’m looking forward to leading the commentary team and working with the Radcliffe FC team on providing match commentary”.

Adam Harrison, Head of Media for Radcliffe FC said, “I am very pleased to welcome Roch Valley Radio to the club. They will offer a service for our fans like something we have never had before. I can’t wait for the partnership to get started a take our and their content to the next level”.

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