16 April 2009

University Games Tennis - Day 2

Sam Vinton-Boot (VIC) was impressive in making his way into the Men's singles final.  Vinton-Boot had a 9-1 win over Ryan Everiss (AKL) in the quarter-final and then a 9-2 win over Andrew Kemp (AKL) in the semi-final.  Vinton-Boot will play No.2 seed, Blair O'Brien. O'Brien (AKL) had to work harder to overcome Vincent Baylis (Massey) 9-4 and then Zac Wills (VIC) 9-5.
Later on Friday, they will clash again in the Men's doubles final.  Kemp and O'Brien defeated Baylis/Ryan Stockman (Massey) 9-4 in the semi-final to set up a match against Vinton-Boot/Wills, who won their semi-final 9-3 over Matt Cutfield/Nick Hammond (AKL).

The top seeds are also prevailing in the Women's matches.  Top seed Rebecca Lee (AUT) got away to a sluggish start in her quarter-final before finishing strongly to beat Samantha Wong (AKL) 9-2.  Lee was then more clinical in her semi-final, despatching Hanna Baxter (VIC) 9-1.  No.2 seed Wendy Owen (AUT) had an easy 9-0 quarter-final win over Kelsy Smith (Massey) but then had to use her greater experience to overcome Aditi Rai (AKL) 9-5 in the semi-final.  In doubles, Lee and Owen must be favourites to take the title when they play Rai and Wong.  Both pairings won their semi-finals, 9-0.