JASON Taylor continued his winning form against Country Starz team-mate Sean Carson at Treloar Park yesterday, winning the Warragundi Beef Company Tamworth Easter Silver AMT/Bronze Junior men’s title in straight sets.
Taylor was too consistent for the No.1 seed, taking out the final 6-2 6-4.
He seems to have Carson’s measure at the moment and was, for the second time, a finals victor over him.
“I’ve got it 4-nil over him,” he said.
That’s a “big edge” he said, especially in finals.
He grabbed the ascendancy early, opening up a 4-2 lead, and then breaking Carson again – after some loose shots from the top seed –to serve for the first set.
Which he did to love.
The second set was a bit tighter, with Carson pulling off a few more winners and even breaking Taylor.
But Taylor was able to break straight back.
He then went ahead 4-2 after Carson hit the ball long.
That proved the decisive break, with games going on serve after that.
For Carson, it was a story of too many errors. He hit balls long, hit them wide or, in the case of match point, into the net.
Taylor, in contrast, played a relatively error-free game.
“I played probably one bad game,” he said.
“That was when I got broken.
“I missed too much.”
He probably only missed three hits but it was enough to lose the game.
It came after he’d sliced his hand on the fence chasing down a ball.
Taylor said it put him off for a couple of games after that but was able to get his focus back and break Carson back.
His serve was a bit of a weapon for him.
It really “kicked off him” and really worried Carson who struggled to return Taylor’s serve in court.
“I wasn’t serving big but was just consistent,” Taylor said.
His first serve percentage was pretty good.
That was another difference, he felt. Carson missed a lot of his first serves.
Carson did get some revenge on Taylor, teaming up with Alex Silcock to beat Taylor and brother Adam in the doubles final 6-4 6-4.
The women’s final also saw an upset, with No.3 seed Chloe Costelloe outlasting top seed Melissa Anderson 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.
They were on court for over two-and-a-half hours and played some fantastic rallies and scintillating shots.
And while they weren’t in the mix for the AMT titles, several North West players figured among the winners.
Walcha’s Eleanor McNaught won the C women’s singles, Gunnedah’s Emily Osmond the special women’s singles and Armidale’s Conor Dennehy the 14 & U boys’ singles.
Gunnedah’s Sam O’Gorman, meanwhile, did particularly well in the doubles. He won the B men’s with Tamworth’s David Reid, the C mixed with Sophie Reid (Tamworth) and the 14 and U boys with Paul Howe.
Sophie Reid also won the 14 & U girls with Gunnedah’s Kyra Carlyon, while Tamworth’s Angus Dickson and Zac McCann won the 16 & U boys.
Gabbi O’Gorman (Gunnedah) and Josh Frost (Tamworth) were also among those to pick up trophies.