Sisters make great start at winter titles: Pictures

TOP SHOT: Bendigo's Adelaide Annand plays a backhand drive in her victory in the 16-under girls' singles. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

TOP SHOT: Bendigo's Adelaide Annand plays a backhand drive in her victory in the 16-under girls' singles. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

PICTURES: Bendigo Winter Classic, day one 

THE Rajicic sisters, Viktorija and Monika Rajicic have made a great start at the Bendigo Bank-backed Winter JT and AMT tennis classic in Bendigo.

Number one seed in the women’s singles, Viktorija scored a 6-1 6-0 victory in Tuesday's play against Alexandra Bailey.

The number three seed, Monika fought back from a 2-6 loss in the first set to win the next two against Jessie Mount, 6-2 6-0.

Overnight rain meant there was a later start to play at BTA headquarters in Nolan Street.

BTA executive officer Leon Retallick said the damp courts meant the first matches were delayed until 11.30am.

Although conditions were cold, Retallick said there was hot competition across all age groups.

Bendigo’s Adelaide Annand drove, volleyed and smashed her way to a 6-1 6-2 victory in the 16-under girls’ singles match againt Shania Allen.

Another star to shine on courts she knows well was Bendigo’s Matilda Walsh.

The number four seed won her 16-under girls’ singles match 6-0 6-0.

A highlight of Wednesday's play will be the women’s open singles match between No. 2 seed Zoe Hives and Shepparton’s Hope Curtis-McDonald.

They will take to the court at 8.30am.

Retallick said 200 matches were on Wednesday's roster.

The quarter-finals in the men’s open singles include No. 1 seed Jeremy Beale up against qualifier David Hough.

“Jeremy Beale is a player to watch at this tournament and in the future,” Retallick said of the tennis ace from Sunshine.

Adam Haanappel conceded just two games in Tuesday’s play and takes on wildcard Jordan Szabo in the quarters.

The Winter JT and AMT has drawn 260 players to Bendigo.

Several of Bendigo’s young guns will be aiming to fire in Wednesday's play.

The 16-under boys’ singles includes Bendigo’s Tane Thomas as No. 8 seed.

Thomas faces Dion Dibella in their held over second round match.

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