Bendigo tennis stars shine on home courts

Eliza Long and Curt Garwood are amongst the Bendigo tennis stars remaining in the Bendigo Junior Open and Association Championships after the main draw matches began yesterday.

Long, the number one seed in the open women’s event, breezed through her match 6-0 6-1 against Rachel McCrae in less than an hour.

The Ravenswood teenager will play a quarter-final against Ellie Baxter at 10.15am at the Bendigo Tennis Association’s complex in Nolan Street.

Garwood advanced to the quarter-finals following a 6-3 6-1 win against Alex Van De Steenoven in round one and a 7-6 6-4 second round victory over number two seed Radomir Jovanovic.

Bendigo Lawn National’s Garwood takes on Chanchai Sookton-Eng at 10.15am for a spot in the semi-finals.

Among the other Bendigo players left in the tournament are number six seed Zac Lethlean in the 16-and-under boys.

Lethlean eased past Petar Kovac 6-1 6-0 in the first round and Max Pearce 6-0 6-1 in the second round to book a quarter-final berth.

Number eight seed Jayden Blencowe is also through to the quarters after two easy victories – 6-1 6-1 against Ben Norman and 6-1 6-0 over Fergus Kearney.

Chloe Stokes lost her first match 6-2 6-4 against Bianca Jones in the 14-and-under girls, while Ryan Leader was knocked-out 6-0 6-1 in the second round after cleaning-up 6-0 6-0 in his first round match against qualifier Matthew Dunn.

Fourth seed Tiahna Leader plays a semi-final against Lori Boyd at 12.45pm today after winning her three group matches 8-1, 8-2 and 8-0 yesterday.

About 250 matches were played at the tournament yesterday, with players from across Victoria taking part.

Finals of the bronze level ranking tournament event will be played tomorrow.

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