Shepparton players are performing well at the Greater Shepparton Summer Challenge with several making through to quarter and semi-finals.OLIVER CAFFREY January 15, 2014 4:15am
Organisers of the Greater Shepparton Summer Challenge continue to deal with extreme heat, with local hopes moving into the final stages of the tournament yesterday.
Hope Curtis-McDonald won through to the women’s singles semi-finals, defeating fellow Shepparton Lawn player Jessica Mason 6-1 6-2 in the quarter-finals.
Curtis-McDonald will take on third seed Sarina King for a spot in the final this morning.
Meanwhile, in the men’s draw Shepparton veteran Bruce Ferguson booked a place in the quarter-finals after downing Echuca’s Regan More in an epic match 3-6 7-5 10-7.
He will now play Nickolas Ngodrela for a spot in the final four this morning.
Tournament manager Jamie Haynes said despite the sweltering conditions, matches had almost run entirely on schedule, with players and parents more than understanding of the situation.
‘‘Matches were meant to start again at 5 (pm), but it is still a bit too hot, so we had to push that back to 5.30
‘‘We’ve been spot on schedule up until right now — we’re half-an-hour behind, but we’re fairly confident we’ll get through tonight on track.
‘‘We might have to shorten or postpone matches, but we’ll just wait and see at this stage, but we’re still planning to have the tournament finished by Friday.’’
On the junior side, Shepparton’s Jordon Butts ousted Jake Pleming yesterday 6-4 6-0 to set up an under-14 boys’ quarter-final clash with top seed Codey Gunn this morning.
In the under-14 girls’ competition, Mason will face top seed Lisa Mays in the quarter-finals today after she won her round two clash against Menuja Jayaweera 6-2 6-3.
Shepparton’s Clinton Colclough is out of the under-16 boys’ tournament after losing to eighth seed Matthew Cook, while Nick Gattuso is through to the quarter-finals after smashing Ted Williams 6-1 6-0.
Kara Farrow will take her place in the under-16 girls’ quarter-finals today against top seed Natasha Van Bemmel.
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