ON THE BALL: Brittany Huxley on her way to winning the AMT Women’s Singles title at the North Coast Tennis Championships at Grafton City yesterday. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
ON THE BALL: Brittany Huxley on her way to winning the AMT Women’s Singles title at the North Coast Tennis Championships at Grafton City yesterday. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Huxley plays her ace

BRITTANY Huxley put her demons of 12 months ago to bed with a convincing win at the 88th North Coast 2015 Silver AMT Tennis Championships.

The 20-year-old from Grafton defeated top seed Gabrielle O'Gorman 6-2, 6-3 in the Open Women's Singles final at Grafton Tennis Centre yesterday.

"It's definitely a change around," Huxley said. "I was disappointed to lose a final on my home court last year, so it was great to turn that around.

"I knew I had to play well against her and I did. She hits the ball quite flat and makes lots of winners so I had to mix it up a bit."

Huxley defeated Lily Clements-Markham 6-1, 6-1 to reach the final and earlier in the weekend overcame her doubles partner girl Taylah Beckman 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinal.

Meanwhile, it was another hometown victory in the Under-14 girls when Tianna McGarvie overcame her doubles partner Olivia Blanch 6-4, 7-5 in the final.

The Open Men's Singles was a case of the master teaching the apprentice a lesson. Former professional player Brendon Moore, 27, coaches Brisbane teenager Winter Meagher from his Tweed Heads base. Yesterday the hard-hitting Moore cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win in the decider.

Ranked 24 in Australia in 2011, Moore is now ranked a lowly 142 in Australia with coaching his primary focus these days.

"I coach a number of these guys so if I go along to these tournaments I'd might as well play as well," Moore said. "The standard here was really good and it attracted a lot of players with a full 64-player draw."

This week Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios rose to career best world rankings of 24 and 25 respectively.

Moore said Australian men's tennis was in good hands for the future.

"It's looking pretty bright," he said. "It's the strongest it's been in a lot of years now with a lot of players in the top 100."

Who will have the biggest career?

"Hopefully Thanasi Kokkanakis. He's younger and little bit more feisty."



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