Moloney reaches singles, doubles finals in Warrnambool Grasscourt Open

WARRNAMBOOL tennis ace Matt Moloney is well placed to collect a home- court singles crown today.
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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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