Region's juniors in form at open
Marlborough players achieved excellent results when the biggest Marlborough Junior Summer Open for several years was held at the Forrest Winery Marlborough Tennis Centre on Friday and over the weekend.
Both 14's competitions were taken out by host association players, Lee Harborne having an emphatic 6-1 6-1 over Reilly Bruhns, of Christchurch to win the boys' division and Abbey Hogg defeating Charlotte Lee, also of Christchurch, in the girls' final.
Harborne and Hogg competed in the national championships at the start of this month and are both key members of their respective premier interclub teams.
In the 10's girls grade, Marlborough's Kyla Otway continued her great run of form with a win in the final over Christchurch's Jodie Dean. Otway has now won three titles in the past five weeks, with her Marlborough win coming after victories at the Northland Junior Open and the Western Bay of Plenty Junior Open. A third title win will see Otway join her twin sister Jade in the top ten nationally for her age-group.
Two Marlborough players were singles runners-up, Jonty Zydenbos beaten by Ashburton's Edwin Dargue in the 10's boys final and Jean-Luc Hauswirth going down to Harrison Darling in the 12's boys title decider.
Doubles success for Marlborough came in the 16's and 12's boys grades. In the 16's, Andrew Forgesson combined with Nelson's Elliot Le Petit to take the title over Marlborough's Mitchell Smith and Dougal Hallifax, while Hauswirth won the 12's crown with singles champ Darling.
A number of Marlborough players were doubles runners-up, including Hogg in the 14's girls, Harborne in the 14's boys, Josh Gwynne in the 12's boys, Jade Otway in the 12's girls, Zydenbos in the 10's boys and Kyla Otway and Carla Hauswirth in the 10's girls.
Marlborough Tennis Centre operations manager Rob Wilkinson said over 250 matches were played over the three days, with the 101 entries well up on the 82 who played in 2012.
The Marlborough Express