It’s been a very busy period of competition for ACT players the past month with several outstanding results. Leading the way was born and bred ACT professional player Alison Bai who had her best ever singles result at the Apis Canberra International USD$60,000 ITF event. Alison defeated three players including No.1 seed Arina Rodionova (ranked 117) en route to the semi-finals where she fell to Destainee Aiava in a tight contest, 3-6, 5-7. Alison then travelled down to Bendigo where she backed up her great form with an outstanding doubles performance. With her partner Zoe Hives (VIC), they took out the title in Bendigo with a thrilling win in the final, overcoming No.1 seeds and defending champions Arina Rodionova (VIC) and Asia Muhammed (USA) in three sets. By earning the most WTA ranking points over the two events in doubles, Alison and Zoe secured themselves a main draw wildcard position in the Australian Open 2018 women’s doubles event!
Also competing in the women’s event at the Apis Canberra International were ACT National Academy players Lisa Mays, Annerly Poulos and Kaitlin Staines whilst Dimi Morogiannis and James Frawley represented the men. Both Lisa and Kaitlin won rounds in qualifying and picked up highly valuable WTA ranking points, whilst Lisa also collected a WTA ranking point at the Bendigo International event the week following. Both girls are now 1 more WTA ranking point away from gaining a world womens singles ranking.
Whilst the Apis Canberra International was on in Canberra, several other players were competing at AMT events in the region. Sixteen year old Tallulah Farrow had her best ever result by winning the women’s singles event at the South Pacific Open Gold AMT. Tallulah defeated some higher ranked players and won the final against Renee Lampret (NSW) 7-6, 2-6, 6-1. As a result, Tallulah has moved her Australian ranking to a career high No.85.
During the finals weekend of the Apis International, the Canberra Tennis Festival Bronze AMT was being held on the clay courts at the Canberra Tennis Centre. Outstanding results included Annerly Poulos who won the womens singles event and Jamieson Nathan who was runner-up of the men’s singles event.
Not to be outdone was 18 year old Zac Donaldson, who reached the final of the Bathurst Gold AMT before going down in close final.
Charlie Camus also made the final of the singles and won the boy’s doubles at the Bendigo 12/u singles JT event.