His­tory made in tennis tour­na­ment

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

CHLOE Stokes (Divi­sion 1) and Bri­anna Berzin­ski (Divi­sion 2) made his­tory at the week­end by win­ning all their games in the sin­gles, dou­bles and mixed in the Port Dou­glas Tennis Club ju­nior open.

Last week­end the PDTC and Ulysses Get­aways Open ju­nior were played at the Port Dou­glas Tennis Club and 36 ju­niors com­peted in three di­vi­sions.

In Divi­sion 3 were 10 boys com­pet­ing in two round robin groups. They played mod­i­fied tennis on smaller courts. On those smaller courts it is all about con­trol and agility.

Won­der­ful tennis was shown by Jack Har­ring­ton and Dy­lan. In their group they won all the matches. Jai L’Es­trange, Jamie Hud­son and Quentin Nutt made a very good im­pres­sion.

In the semi-fi­nals Blake Stokes de­feated Jack Har­ring­ton and Dy­lan de­feated Seth Gray. The fi­nals was won by Blake Stokes in a thriller against Dy­lan 7-6.

The Divi­sion 3 girls Dom Lee, Nour Ahmed, Ebony Bland and Kira L’Es­trange showed great po­ten­tial for the fu­ture. In the fi­nals Kira won over Ebony 10-3.

In Divi­sion 2, 11 boys played a knock-out sched­ule. First seeded Michael Ives was de­feated in the semi-fi­nals by ris­ing star Max Bren­nan in a very close match 6-5.

Sec­ond seeded Bryan Her­ring­ton had a tough match against an­other ris­ing star Jack Kara­mu­jic. Bryan de­feated Max in the fi­nals 5-3.

With the girls Bri­anna Berzin­ski won against Emma Hud­son 5-4. Emma was in the lead, but with her ex­pe­ri­ence Bri­anna fought her way back to a win.

Jack Glover and Josh D’Arcy made an im­pres­sive se­ries of wins over the week­end, but were de­feated in the boys’ dou­bles fi­nal by Bryan Her­ring­ton and Nick Cooper 6-4.

Bri­anna Berzin­ski made her sec­ond fi­nal win with Emma Hud­son against Cas­sia Jansen and Fleur Prins in a good match 5-4. The mixed Bri­anna Berzin­ski made her triple with her brother Con­nor against last year’s Cham­pi­ons Fleur Prins and Bryan Her­ring­ton 5-4.

In Divi­sion 1 our elite ju­nior play­ers, Ned Black thought he would get his re­venge over his lost at­tempt to win the triple in the PDTC Ju­nior Club Cham­pi­onships last Au­gust. How­ever, he had not cal­cu­lated on the won­der­ful can­non­ball serves from Blake John­ston and the com­plete tennis of Chloe Stokes.

He did win the dou­bles with Luke Stringer at his side against Roy Smith and Blake John­ston in straight sets 6-0, 6-3 and the sin­gles against Chloe Stokes 6-1, 6-3.

But in the mixed Ned and Kiani Berzin­ski had to cap­i­talise against the com­bined forces of Chloe and Blake 6-3 and 7-6( 7-3).

That win led to vic­tory for Chloe Stokes. She won with her dou­ble part­ner Laura Coulthard against Kiani Berzin­ski and Tahlia Blain in a thriller of a match which lasted al­most 2 hours 6-2, 4-6 and 10-8.

Kiani Berzin­ski got a new chal­lenger against her af­ter her two-year dom­i­nance in the girls’ tennis. In the sin­gles fi­nal Chloe Stokes made her triple against Kiani 6-1, 6-3.

Thanks to Ulysses Get­aways and the Port Dou­glas Tennis Club help­ing to or­gan­ise the Ju­nior Open. A num­ber of the ju­niors came from out­side Queens­land which is good for the com­pe­ti­tion here in Port Dou­glas.

Games are now be­ing or­gan­ised for Novem­ber 18 and 19 and the in­vi­ta­tional Moss­man Tour­na­ment. If you are in­ter­ested please con­tact Herold Prins on 0423 917 503 or email hpten­nis­coach@live.com.au

Top ef­fort: Emma Hud­son and Bri­anna Berzin­ski

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