Top seeds shine in shire’s tennis showpiece

TOP seeds Jarryd Chaplin and Melissa Anderson lived up to their pre-South Coast Open hype and took out the men’s and women’s singles crowns respectively on Monday.Chaplin overcame third seed Nathan Lewis 7-6, 6-1 in the Open Men’s final after Anderson cruised past No 4 seed Gabrielle Hooker 6-1, 6-1 to win consecutive South Coast Open crowns.“I played some tennis I was really happy with, considering some tough conditions on the final day,” Chaplin said.The 20-year-old used his powerful serve to his advantage and he said the slick Hanging Rock courts worked in his favour.“My game is coming along really well, I’m happy with where it’s at and my serve was really effective this week,” he said.“The courts are really fast and so I was able to get a lot of free points off my serve.”Chaplin, who is based in America at the University of Tennessee, was the red-hot favourite in the lead-up to the four-day tournament but he insisted that added pressure didn’t play on his mind.“It’s a credit to the tournament how laid back they made it feel and that didn’t place any extra pressure on me,” he said.“There were a handful of guys that could’ve won the tournament and I knew that, so I had my work cut out for me from the start.”Of this tournament (his second appearance) at Hanging Rock, Chaplin said it was “a pleasure” to take part.“I thought the tournament had really good organisation and it was a pleasure to play in,” he said.In the women’s draw, Anderson made light work of most of her opponents although she insisted that some of her results didn’t do her competition justice.“It was a great result for me and it’s always such a great tournament to play,” she said.“The competition was definitely strong and I had some tough matches throughout.“I can’t say that the score lines in a couple of my matches reflected just how tough they were.”Eurobodalla players also got on the winners’ list.Batemans Bay Tennis Club members Sandra Smith and Linda Knight took out the C grade women’s doubles.Another tournament highlight came early on day two when 13-year-old Corey Greenwood saved four match points before winning against Ben Hayman in the A grade men’s draw.Click ‘play’ to check out this awesome rally in the open men’s semi-final!NoneNoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.