Top tennis seeds don't disappoint

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

GRAFTON's No.1 seeds Michael Beckman and Kelly Blanch have made their respective finals of the North Tennis Championships at the Grafton City Tennis Centre.

Defending champion Beckman overcame Lismore's No4. seed Luke Edwards 6-3, 7-5 in the mens open semi-final yesterday.

Blanch had an easy 6-1, 6-2 win over local Amanda Jones in the women's semi final.

Beckman and Blanch are both shooting for their 7th win in the prestigious titles.

"The open numbers were down this year but the standard of tennis has been very high," tournament organiser Alan Fussell said.

"All the finals offer interesting contests."

Beckman will take on No.2 seed Brendan Moore from Lismore in the final after beating Philip Beckman, the No.3 seed, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in a very close encounter.

Blanch tackles Sarah Wray from Lismore in the final after Wray defeated Grafton's Kelly Ford 6-3, 6-3 in the semi-final.

The ladies open final is scheduled for 11am today with the men's final to follow at approximately 1pm.

Lyn and Margaret Wayte will play Sarah and Ellie Wray in the ladies open doubles final.

The Wayte's defeated Blanch and Brisbane's Felicity Goring 6-5 retired while the Lismore-based Wray sisters overcame Kelly Ford and Amanda Jones from Grafton 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the semi-final.

Defending champions the Beckman brothers, Michael and Philip, will tackle Nick Ada (Grafton) and Brendan Moore (Lismore) in the men's doubles final.

The Beckman's defeated Keith Meagher (Tweed Heads) and Luke Edwards (Lismore) 6-3, 6-2 and Ada and Moore beat Brad Chippendale (Grafton) and Evan Verity (Brisbane) 6-4, 6-1 to make the final.

A good crowd enjoyed the tennis on Saturday and Sunday that has seen 326 matches played involving 197 players in all divisions.

All remaining matches will be completed today.



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