Moore to face seeded Minella in Launceston opener
Experienced campaigner Jessica Moore is headlining the action in Launceston on Tuesday.
Six Australian women feature in the draw at this year’s Neville-Smith Forest Products Launceston International, with experienced campaigner Jessica Moore headlining the action on Tuesday when she takes on No.5 seed Mandy Minella from Luxembourg.
Moore will be looking to reverse her fortunes with two previous losses against the world No.171 – most recently in Burnie last year.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Moore said. “I’m not putting too many expectations on myself and I’ve actually been playing all right, so it will be enjoyable.”
“I’m feeling good, I’ve been practicing well,” she added. “[Minella] is obviously the one who’s got the pressure on her, she is expected to win, so it will be good to see what comes about.”
Moore was also quick to praise the event in Launceston.
“The players all say how well organised it is here and the venue is great,” she said. “They do an excellent job.”
Melbourne’s Tammi Patterson and wildcard Naiktha Bains also have their work cut out for them in the 75K ITF Futures event, each facing Chinese seeds in their opening rounds. Patterson meets fourth seed Han Xinyun while Bains will play eighth seed Zhu Lin.
Meanwhile, the top-ranked Australian in the draw, Olivia Rogowska, will begin her campaign against Nadiia Kitchenok of the Ukraine. A win will likely see the world No.273 meet the tournament’s first seed Donna Vekic of Croatia in the next round.
Alison Bai of Canberra and wildcard Abbie Myers will face off in the first round, with seventh seed Hiroko Kuwata of Japan likely waiting in the wings.
With the qualifying draw due to be completed on Tuesday, Queenslander Lizette Cabrera is the only Australian still action after she posted a 6-2 6-4 victory over third seed Gao Xinyu from China.
Live scoring continues tomorrow with scores available through www.tennis.com.au/protour/scores.