WARRNAMBOOL tennis ace Matt Moloney is well placed to collect a home- court singles crown today.
The wildcard entry will meet number one seed David Hough in the Warrnambool Grasscourt Open men’s singles final after producing two convincing wins yesterday.
Matt Moloney faces a busy schedule of Warrnambool Grasscourt Open finals today after qualifying in singles and doubles. 141230DW07 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE
Moloney defeated number eight seed Nikolai Storch — the player who knocked out his doubles partner Jake Dunn in the round of 16 — in the quarter-final 6-1, 6-4.
He backed it up with a 6-4, 6-2 semi-final triumph over sixth-ranked Todd Millington.
The south-west-based coach said windy weather conditions helped him advance.
“Playing on grass suits my game compared to other surfaces,” Moloney said.
“If it was on another surface it would be a different story.
“Both guys were a little bit younger so I drew on my experience and a good grasscourt game in the wind. I got a couple more balls back in the end.”
Moloney and Dunn will attempt to defend their men’s doubles crown this afternoon after booking a spot in the decider.
They defeated Erik Holt-Crossman and Isaac Watson in their semi-final, fighting back from one set down to win 2-6, 6-2, 10-7.
They will play Ryan Draffin, the player Moloney eliminated in their men’s singles quarter-final, and Hough in the final.
Moloney and Dunn were the only south-west competitors to advance to main draw finals.
Casterton’s Stephen Tomkins was eliminated in the men’s singles quarter-finals, losing 1-6, 7-6, 6-1 to Millington.
Warrnambool teenager Sophie Drake dropped her two singles quarter-finals.
She suffered a humbling 6-1, 6-0 loss to number two seed Madeleine Bailey in the open women’s section before going down to Tallulah Grauaug — the opponent she knocked out in the open women’s singles round of 16 on Monday — in the under 16 girls’ quarter-final, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
Warrnambool duo Ben Warren and Ben Wilde lost their under 16 boys’ doubles semi-final, Hamilton’s Willow Sainsbury and Hawkesdale’s Jessica Swarbrick went down in the under 14 girls’ doubles semi-final and Hawkesdale’s Eloise Swarbrick went down in three sets in her under 12 girls’ singles semi-final battle.
Warrnambool’s Wihan Van Der Merwe teamed with visitor Billy Spicer in the under 12 boys’ doubles but they were knocked out in the semi-final stage.
The competition wraps up today.
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