Defending women?s title holder Lucia Gonzales in action.
Defending women?s title holder Lucia Gonzales in action.

Seeds throught to sesond round



THE first day of the tournament is complete and organisers are pleased to say that all the seeds in the open singles of the Sawtell RSL Seaside Open have survived their opening matches. The $10,000 tournament kicked off yesterday at the Sawtell courts and all 82 matches that were scheduled were completed without a hitch. Top women's seed and reigning Seaside Open champ Lucia Gonzales from Leichardt has just returned from Spain where she's been honing her skills and most think that it will take a massive effort from one of the of the other 41 ladies to stop her winning her second title. The men's draw is a lot more even and the winner is thought to come from any one of the seeds although the top four of Evan O'Neill from Newcastle, Ben Rocavert of Drummoyne, Corlette's Ryan Andrews and Maly's Jimmy Rigg will be hard to beat. The biggest point of conversation centred around the three hour marathon that Westside coach Allan Pade was involved in. Playing against Andrew McPherson from Singleton, Pade dropped the first set in a tie-breaker. He fought back to take the remaining two sets 6-3, 7-5. Trouble for Pade was, the match going into overtime made him late for a coaching session he was due to take yesterday afternoon. Day two of the action kicks off at 8am with matches played at Sawtell, Westside and Coffs Harbour. At the time of print, the draws for today's play had only been completed up to 11am and players and spectators were advised to check the completed draws either at the clubs or on www.tennisaustralia.com.au/nsw.



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