Brisbane teenager Georgia Townsend at the Ballina New Year Open yesterday.
Brisbane teenager Georgia Townsend at the Ballina New Year Open yesterday. Mitchell Craig

Tennis teenagers making their mark

THERE have been plenty of teenagers make their mark in the open divisions of the Ballina New Year Open tennis tournament this week.

Brisbane teenager Georgia Townsend and Grafton's Tianna McGarvie were among the winners in open women's and Under-16 competition yesterday.

McGarvie was pushed to the limit before beating Ashley Allman 3-6 6-2 6-4 while Townsend accounted for Olivia Branch 6-2 6-0.

"I've played against some of these guys but there are a lot I haven't, too,” Townsend said.

"I'm here with mum and travel around with her to play in these tournaments.

"I've played here the past two years and there has been some really good competition here again.

"It was tough out there (in the rain) but I try to attack the net as much as I can.”

Meanwhile, Suffolk Park player and No2 seed Louis Clark will play in the final today after a hard-fought 3-6 7-6 6-4 win over Newcastle's Jack Maddocks in the semi-finals.

Clarke has not made the final of the Ballina event before but should go in with plenty of confidence after winning the Queensland Under-18 title last year.

He will take on top seed Oliver Casey, who had a comfortable 6-3 6-0 win over the unseeded Luke Edwards in the other semi-final.

Elsewhere, No 3 seed Tiana Windbuchler advanced to the open women's final after beating top seed Megan Smith 3-6 6-3 7-5 in her semi-final.

She will take on second seed Ella Husrefovic, who beat Komaki Ido 6-3 6-3 in their semi-final.

The tournament will be completed today.



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