Casino winner looking to add Lismore title to list

By BARRY CHEADLE TOP seed Chris Letcher picked up where he left off at the Casino Open tennis championships on the first day of the Lismore Easter Classic yesterday. Letcher, formerly of Alice Springs and now of Ballina, beat Daniel Emms 6-1 6-0 on an opening day which went ahead as scheduled despite the threat of rain. Letcher won the Casino final by beating Lismore's Brendon Moore, the No 2 seed, 7-5 6-3. The two may meet again in the Lismore event, with Moore, again the No 2 seed, winning 6-0 6-0. No 3 seed Brad Clews, of Brisbane, advanced with a 6-1 6-3 win over Nathan Whitty, of Ballina. Fourth seed Patrick Flynn and seventh seed Luke Edwards (Lismore) also advanced with easy wins. In the women's singles, top seeds Rose McWilliam and Ellie Wray, both of Lismore, won easily. A junior round-robin event was also held yesterday. The tournament at the Lismore Tennis Club in Ballina Street continues today. The finals in most divisions are scheduled for Monday.



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