Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ellis Wins South Island Girls Singles Title

Annabel Ellis defeated Gabriela Coates ( Cant) 6-0 6-1 in the Final of the 12 Girls South Island singles final held in Dunedin today. Earlier Ellis defeated Natasha Dickson 6-0 6-0 to remain undefeated in her Pool. Coates had no answer to Ellis's power. Annabel's serving was a strong point of her game never allowing Gabriela to gain control from her returns. The win for Ellis will
be a confidence boost for the Canterbury tournament starting next week. Geraldine Prisk showed much improvement in her game today against rival South Canterbury's Greer Lane. Prisk played the big points better and regained some rhythm in her serve to win 6-4 6-1. Lane played well in the first set however fell away under the pressure of Prisk's consistency. Geraldine finished runner-up to Brittany Wong. In the Semi Final play offs for the 12s today Lawrence Darling was defeated by Conor Heap 6-2 4-6 6-3. Unforced errors for Darling at crucial times proved costly.Sam Lane was defeated 6-2 6-3 by Trent Smith in a close two sets, Lane had his chances but Smith came up with some pressure plays when it mattered. Conor Heap went on to win the event defeat Smith in 3 sets. All South Canterbury players received vital match play as they all play various events around the country next week and will be better off for this hit out.

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