Top tennis on show at Wests tournament

Eyes on the prize: Will Maher gets low to make this forehand return during Monday's AMT men's final. Photo: Peter Hardin 171016PHB072

Eyes on the prize: Will Maher gets low to make this forehand return during Monday's AMT men's final. Photo: Peter Hardin 171016PHB072

West Tamworth’s first-ever Australian Money Tournament came to a soggy and premature end on Monday, but not before some brilliant tennis was played.

Organisers were forced to call the tournament off at 2pm after rain forced players off court just before 1.30pm, and showed little sign of clearing.

Fortunately they’d completed a fair few of the finals and consolation matches before the heavens opened.

Top seed Ivana Popovic capped off a dominant tournament with a straight sets win over Ashley Allman in the AMT womens singles finals. Popovic didn’t drop a game, and only dropped eight for the entire tournament.

The mens final was a much tighter tussle with second seed Corey Gaal fighting back from a set down to topple top seed Will Maher in three. In a game lasting about two hours, the Sydneysider prevailed 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.

Winner: Corey Gaal looks to power this backhand back during his three sets win in Monday's AMT mens singles final.

Winner: Corey Gaal looks to power this backhand back during his three sets win in Monday's AMT mens singles final.

Tayla Brasier also had a good tournament taking out the 12&U girls singles with a 6-4, 6-2 win over top seed Martine Carroll. Earlier in the day she’d knocked out number two seed Lucy Tunsted 6-2, 6-0, and also won the B womens singles.

Forster’s Laia Pasianu won the 16&U girls singles with a hard fought 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Armidale’s Sahra Dennehy.

Other winners included Lily Pade (14&U girls singles), Cooper Griffiths (14&U boys singles), Dominic Slaviero (16&U boys singles), Jeff Blanck (B mens singles), Rowan Butler and Chris Maunder (B mens doubles) and Mitch Power and Avril Gardiner (B mixed doubles). 

The players were as well as trophies playing for Australian ranking points.

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