After a Day 1 thrashing by Northern ,Southern Girls bounced back with a win against arch rivals Canterbury yesterday.Annabel Ellis and Laura Overton lead the way with singles wins and pairing together to clinch the tie.Southern also lead Waikato 3-1 at the end of yesterdays play, however a serious foot injury to Laura Overton occurred at the start of her match and she looks unlikely to take the court for the remainder of the event.Ellis had a very good win against Gabby Coates of Christchurch 6-1 7-6 in a great display of tennis from both girls.
A hardened veteran of these events I am now a little more laid back but at times their are some tense rivalry's between regions and players going on throughout the day.For me these are great events and the players benefit by having coaches speak to them at change of ends.
Meanwhile back in the South Island Leela Beattie put a shiver amongst the mens singles competitors in the North Otago Open being played in Oamaru.She eventually went down to Finbar Argus from Christchurch. The question often arises how would the top Female players in the world go against their male counterparts...the answer there will be no contest the men ranked in the 700s will beat the Top Ladies of the world.
Well I prepare for another day and wonder what events will unfold today as play continues in Auckland.