Top seed proves too strong in tennis final
TOP-seed Azra Hadzic lived up to her favouritism tag with a straight sets win in the $10,000 Grafton Platinum Australian Money Tournament at the weekend.
Hadzic downed Shannon Stamenovic 7-6 6-2 in the women's final having earlier overcome emerging youngster Priscilla Hon in a thrilling semi-final.
"It was a great semi-final match and for Azra to come back after having match points against her was a true indication of how tough the competition was," Grafton Tennis president Deborah Dewberry said.
"Overall it was a terrific tournament played in ideal conditions.
"The men's singles final was also a real highlight with Brendan Moore pushing top seed Robert Smeets to three sets.
"It was an enthralling match."
Best placed local player was Britanny Huxley who won the consolation final.
American visitor Micheline Aubuchon, who has been training with Grafton Tennis coach Phil Beckman for the past few weeks, won the under-18 girls singles title to improve on her under-18s consolation win at the Sawtell Open last week.
"It was fantastic to see her get such great results, my brother who coaches her in Los Angeles will be very happy," Beckham said.
IN THE MONEY
AMT Tennis Winners
Men's Singles: Robert Smeets
Women's Singles: Azra Hadzic
Mixed Doubles: Priscilla Hon and Robert Smeets
Boys' singles: Mitchell Lovelock
Girls'singles: Micheline Aubuchon