WINNING WAY: Bohdi Smith gets in some serving practice before going on to win the third division of the Northern Rivers Junior Tennis League finals at Ballina.
WINNING WAY: Bohdi Smith gets in some serving practice before going on to win the third division of the Northern Rivers Junior Tennis League finals at Ballina. Melissa Gulbin

Tennis: Top seed falls at Casino as humidity takes toll

TOP seed Amber Molloy was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Hotel Cecil Casino Open tennis tournament yesterday.

She was beaten 6-2 6-2 by Kempsey teenager and No6 seed Ashley Allman, who went on to play Lismore's Jessica Tickle in the semi-finals.

In other matches, Casino's Madisson Morrissey made it as far as the quarter-finals.

She was pushed in the second round in beating Casino club- mate Bianca Nugent 6-3 3-6 7-6.

It was a busy weekend with more than 150 players turning out for matches at Casino and Lismore.

"It was very humid but the players handled it well and are in good spirits," tournament director Ellen Gordon said.

"Some of them were out on the court for more than two hours but the tennis was played at a high standard."

In the men's singles, No3 seed Jesse Eccles lost 6-2 6-4 in the third round to Andrew Fowler.

Casino's Brendan Lee made it to the quarter-finals before losing 7-6 7-6 to Jacob Hegedus.

Lee took out No3 seed Blake Kebblewhite 6-0 5-7 7-6 in the third round.

Lismore's Brendan Moore did not drop a set on his way to the semi-finals as matches were still being completed last night.

The singles finals will be play- ed at Casino today from 11am.



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