SEVEN of the eight seeds in the men's and women's open draws have progressed to the quarter-finals at the Bendigo junior open.
Strong winds tested the temperament and skills of the young aces in Thursday's play on the hardcourts at the Bendigo Bank tennis complex in Nolan Street.
Number one seed in the women's open, Monika Rajicic has conceded just one game in her two victories.
Bendigo's Zac Lethlean qualified for the main draw, but was outpoined by Pascoe Vale's Matt Romios.
Ranked in the top 10 for uinder-14s in Australia, Romios won 6-0 6-1, but was later beaten by Jack Beale.
Bendigo Tennis Association executive officer Leon Retallick said there were many closely-fought matches.
"It was a really testing day because of the wind, and there was a delay of about an hour because of rain earlier in the day," Retallick said.
"The top-ranked players are in great form."
More than 280 youngsters signed up to play in the five-day event.
Age groups being contested are 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and open.
National ranking tour points are up for grabs. There is $3000 prizemoney to be won across the open singles.
Play on Friday hits off at 9am.
Finals are on Sunday at BTA headquarters.