Less means Moore at Ballina
By ADAM HICKS email@example.com LISMORE'S Brendan Moore started the $6500 Ballina New Year's Tennis Open second favourite yesterday after the top two seeds were eliminated before play even started.
The local hope's campaign starts today in the second round after he had a first bye.
Tournament top seed Peter Clarke was a late withdrawal after coming down with glandular fever.
The Australian born Irish Davis Cup player was expected to be a challenger for Mark Draper and 2005 champion Glenn Knox.
However Knox, the number two seed, was forced to withdraw from the tournament because of work commitments which left Draper as the clear Open standout.
In yesterday's play Draper showed why is the favourite, breezing through his match with Moore's brother Nathan 6-1 6-1 to set up a second round match with Coffs Harbour's Alex Wilson.
Lismore's Luke Edwards survived a tight encounter with Clive Wright of Brisbane 5-7 6-4 6-0, to advance to a round two encounter with Dane Moran from Newcastle.
In the ladies draw, top seed Jessica Schaer had no troubles dispatching Eden Cartwright 6-1 6-3.
Lismore's Ellie Wray breezed into the second round with a 6-1 6-1 win over Alison Brezezinski.
However today she has a tough task against Kayla Douglas of Brisbane. Douglas, although unseeded in the open, is highly fancied and expected to challenge the tournaments' top players.
Australian over 45s player Leanne Swaysland fought her way through a three-hour marathon against Kayla Stevenson of Rockhampton.
Swaysland lost the first set 5-7 before fighting back to claim the second set 6-4 and third set 7-5. She meets Brennan Ashlea today.