Tournament tennis made a long-awaited return to the Border on Friday with day one of the Margaret Court Cup at the Albury grasscourts.
Rising star Chelsea McGrath won through to the last 16 in the open women's singles with a gritty 6-4, 7-5 triumph against Farah Zulfiqar.
She will take on seventh seed Dunja Dudic, who needed a tiebreak to see off Wodonga's Ruby Hodgkin, 6-7, 6-1, 10-3.
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A host of homegrown talent performed well in first round matches across a range of age groups in the juniors.
Albury's Ryan Tinworth recorded a straight sets 6-0, 6-3 victory against Alexander Fraser to start strongly in the under-12 boys.
Lara Meagher won an epic in the under-12 girls, coming from a set down to defeat Phoebe Godward-Smith, 6-7, 6-0, 10-8, while Ella McDonell was successful against Charmaine Mutape, 6-3, 6-3.
The strong start for Border products continued in the under-14 boys as Rory Carlyle took down Kalani Hibbert, 6-3, 6-0, while Markas Flanagan was a comprehensive 6-0, 6-1 victor against Scott Soulsby.
McGrath backed up her performance in the open draw with an impressive 6-2, 6-4, salute against Hodgkin in the under-16 girls singles.
But it wasn't to be for Albury's Rory Parnell, who was eliminated from the under-16 boys singles tournament thanks to a 6-2, 6-2 loss against Leo Phijidvijan.
Qualifying was completed for the men's open event, with Adam Dennison, Lucas Martin, Nathan Porley, James Champion, Benjamin Anderson, Daniel Sutton, Minwoo Lee and Nicholas Weston all winning their way into main draw of 64 competitors.
Australian No.3 Nick Kyrgios donated tennis equipment to be raffled at the tournament, with all money raised to go to the Mercy International Children's Orphanages in Thailand.
Entries for the Margaret Court Cup were impacted significantly with international travel restrictions and state border closures due to COVID-19.
The tournament is scheduled to run until Tuesday, January 12, but may finish a day earlier given there's less matches to be played.