A number of Border and North-East tennis exports are in contention for silverware at the Victorian Junior Grasscourt Championships.
Albury’s Rory Parnell is into the quarter-finals of the under-14 boys singles consolation draw, following his 6-3, 6-3 result against Matthieu Gilbert.
Tommy Harrington and Sam McLean found themselves at the opposite end of the draw in the consolation singles.
Parnell also reached the quarter-finals of the under-14 boys doubles with Maka Ofati.
Jack Bassett and Nicholas Maleganeas progressed to the quarter-finals of the same event.
Ella Brown pushed number one seed Isabella Markovski to the limit in the under-14 girls singles, but went down 6-3, 7-6 (8).
Markovski also got the better of Brown at the Margaret Court Cup, but the Border rising star has improved in each meeting.
Tessa Quinlan is contesting the consolation event after missing out on a quarter-final berth.
Brown and doubles partner Sienna Jensen contested the quarter-finals of the under-14 girls doubles, along with Chelsea McGrath and Erin Lawless.
Fellow Border product Stacey Curran was beaten 6-1, 6-3, by Keely Bishop in the open women’s singles.
Wangaratta’s Daniel Smith lost two close encounters in the under-16 boys singles, falling 6-3, 7-5 to Patrick Findlay and 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 against John McDonald.
Lachlan Graetz is in the quarter-finals of the 16-boys singles consolation, while he and Smith reached the same stage in the under-16 boys doubles.
Margaret Court Cup men’s singles champion Brandon Daly-Walkin cruised into the semi-finals of the Wodonga tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 drubbing of Matthew Scheers.
Daly-Walkin hasn’t dropped a set at the event this week, which included a 6-4, 6-0 triumph against top seed Rhys Searant, who he defeated to win the Margaret Court Cup on Tuesday.
Glen Dawes and Jack Clements are in the other semi-final.
Leann Serna and Andrea Kristo are safely through to the open women’s singles semis.
Tournament director Doug Smith has been pleased with the opening three days of play.
“There’s been a couple of withdrawals, but most of the games have been running smoothly,” Smith said.
“It’s been a very good event and the sportsmanship has been very good.”
The open men’s and women’s singles deciders are slated for 11.30am on Saturday, providing there are no delays earlier in the morning.
- Receive our daily newsletter straight to your inbox each morning from The Border Mail. Sign up here