Moore, Wray win at Open championships
By STEVE SPINKS
FOR the first time in a decade Lismore tennis players have won both the Open sections of the NSW Country Championships.
Brendan Moore cruised through the final at Forster defeating Darren Cullen from Nepean 6-4 6-2, while Ellie Wray won the ladies title with a comprehensive 6-1 6-1 thrashing of Kat Bailey.
Wray had to battle her way through a tough draw.
On her way to the title she defeated last year's champion Sandie Knight, of Newcastle, in the quarter-finals. Knight has just returned from four years playing on the US College circuit.
The Opens Ladies title was the icing on the cake for Wray who also won the NSW Country Under-17s Girls Championship and the Under-18s girls doubles and Under-18s mixed doubles.
Moore, who was the number one seed at Forster, has been in fine form this season and will now defend the prestigious Sawtell Open title that he won last year.
The tournament, which runs this weekend, offers substantial ranking points and prize money.
Meanwhile, Moore's younger sister, Taylor, was defeated in the final of the 14-years girls singles.
Taylor found Amy Wills, of Young, just beyond her reach after knocking out the number two and three seeds to make the decider.
The wins capped a successful few weeks for Wray and Moore. Before the NSW Country Championships, the duo were both defeated in the finals of the Ipswich Open, which is part of the Australian Money Tournament.
Wray is unable to compete at Sawtell due to her trial HSC exams, but she hopes to head overseas after school to play and coach in the US for a number of months.