TENNIS

Top Seeds Take Wellington Tennis Titles

Friday 22 December 2017, 6:16PM
By dave worsley
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The top seeds were victorious in the Wellington Tennis champs at the Renouf Tennis Centre with local player Finn Tearney continuing his good domestic form, while British pro, Suzy Larkin won the women’s title.

For Tearney, 27 And ranked just over 500 in the world it was a significant 6-3 6-3 victory in one hour 16 minutes over Auckland professional Rhett Purcell to go with his NZ Champs two weeks ago.

After a year of injuries Tearney was back to winning matches, looking fit and showing he could outlast his opponent as well.

“I’m happy to win in my home town and keep competing. He(Purcell) was hitting big. I know I’m going to have to weather the storm from him and he’s a good athlete. He’s playing well. I’m just happy to win matches and I’m now back to 100 per cent injury free,” said Tearney who had won the Wellington title two years running 2014-15 and was a finalist to Rubin Statham last year.

Tearney will now play in the exhibition tournament in Te Anau before the new year.

Top women’s seed Larkin, 25 who has a WTA ranking just over 700 won the women’s title over New Zealand Fed Cup player Paige Hourigan in straight sets 6-3 6-3 and also took away the women’s doubles for good measure where she combined with Auckland teen Holly Stewart to defeat Hourigan and Jo Carswell (Auckland) 3-6 6-2 10-7.

There was a surprise result in the men’s doubles final as Auckland’s Anton Bettink and Wellington teen, Finlay Hall defeated top seeds Marcus Daniell and Ajeet Rai (Taranaki) 6-3 4-6 11-9. At one stage Bettink and Hall won 16 straight points in the second set, although Daniell and Rai had a match point before giving away the point on questioned call and then losing the next three points in a row and the match.