Hogg on fire in tournament

Abbey Hogg was the top performer of a four-strong Marlborough contingent on day one of the South Island Primary Schools Finals at the Forrest Winery Marlborough Tennis Centre in Blenheim yesterday.

St Mary's School student Hogg won both her matches in the girls competition to advance to this morning's semifinals. She began the tournament with a 6-3 6-1 win over Nishka Shetty, of Christchurch, before overcoming Tharubphet Homkrun, also of Christchurch, 6-3 6-4 in the afternoon's quarterfinals.

The other Marlborough player in the girls draw, Renwick nine-year-old Jade Otway won her first round match 6-2 6-2 against Monique Hore, of Nelson. She played top seed Holly Matson, of Christchurch, in the quarterfinals and was beaten 6-0 6-0.

In the boys' competition, both Marlborough players, Renwick's Jean-Luc Hauswirth and Bohally's Joshua Gwynne, lost in the first round, but bounced back with wins in the afternoon.

Hauswirth went down 6-2 6-4 to Christchurch's Edward Batt, before responding with a 6-2 6-0 win over Tasman Bentley, of West Coast. Gwynne suffered a 6-1 6-1 defeat against Ben Deeley, of Timaru, in the morning, but went on to down Nelson's David Zohrab 6-1 6-4.

The tournament wraps up today, with finals scheduled for approximately 1.30pm.

The Marlborough Express