Play commenced today in the South Island Indoors held in Dunedin.
South Canterbury Players had a mixed day in the 12s and 14s age groups.Annabel Ellis won her two singles matches to day Defeating Sarah Allan convincingly 6-0 6-2 and then defeated Laura Overton 6-4 6-2. This division is round robin and sets Ellis up to win her pool.The boys 12s saw Sam Lane and Lawrence Darling win preliminary rounds to qualify them for the Semi Final Round Robin Play offs.Sam Lane d. Ben Black 6-0;6-0 and Lloyd McGee 6-1;6-3 but Lost his 1st round robin Semi Final Match to Connor Heap 6-0 6-3. Heap's consistency was the key forcing Lane to make the error early in the rally. Lane fought back to 3-4 in the second but again was not patient enough and tried to finish the point too early.Darling defeated Henry Hodgson 6-4 6-1 in his first round.Darling's weight of shot and experience proved the difference. In his first semi final match Darling's consistency was lacking as Trent Smith from the North Island scored a comfortable 6-2 6-1 victory. Both Lane and Darling get the chance to improve their standings when they play their next pool match tomorrow. Both boys will need to stay in the rally a lot more and try to get early control to have any chance of a win in their next match. Samuel Kempf played well winning 1 of his three matches in the first round he was defeated by Connor Heap 6-1 6-2 and then won his consolation match against Cameron Tillotson 6-0 7-5.He was then defeated by Henry Hailes 6-4 6-2. In the 14 Girls singles Greer Lane lost her first Pool Match to Otago's Brittany Wong 6-4 6-1.Wong's improved aggressiveness was the difference as Lane was a little short on match play. Lane then won her next mach against Courtney Hume 6-1 7-6. Geraldine Prisk made short work of Hume in her first match 6-0 6-1 and in a surprise was the defeated by Wong 6-2 6-2. Wong controlled most of the rally's and Prisk struggled with her serve the entire match. The big lesson for the players today was to try to change a losing game, too many of the players today gave little thought in changing tactics in their matches. Good Lessons have been taught the old saying " you learn more from a losing game than you do from a winning game" can be taken as a positive as we move towards day 2.