GOLDEN GIRL: Port Macquarie tennis player Krystal Clarke on her way to winning the Hotel Cecil Casino Open for a second straight year.
GOLDEN GIRL: Port Macquarie tennis player Krystal Clarke on her way to winning the Hotel Cecil Casino Open for a second straight year. Mitchell Craig

Young gun wins tennis open

PORT Macquarie tennis player Krystal Clarke has won back-to-back titles at the Hotel Cecil Casino Open.

It is an impressive effort for the 15-year-old top seed who beat second seed Jordan Gregson 7-6 6-3 in the open women's final yesterday.

The match went for almost two hours with both competitors pushing themselves to the limit in a quality final.

"I managed to get there in end but we both played really well," Clarke said.

"The first set was a long one and I'm glad the rain held off for us to finish.

"I'm stoked to win it two years in a row and I knew Jordan would be a challenge but I had faith in myself to get the win.

"I travel a lot, I just got back from Sydney and I'm always getting around to these tournaments."

Clarke has been playing tennis since she was seven and beat Casino teenager and Queensland state champion Maddison Morrissey 6-0 6-4 in the semi-final on Sunday.

She forced Gregson into long rallies in the final and held her nerve at crucial moments of the match.

"Normally my coach or family comes with me but this time I'm staying with a friend so they'll be really happy when they find out (the result)," Clarke said.

"As long as I keep improving on working on the things we do at training I'm happy.

"Today I played the big points aggressively and had success when it counted.

"I'm only young and I still have a lot to experience but the goal will be to travel and play overseas."

Earlier, top seed Brendon Moore took just 47 minutes when he cruised to a 6-2 6-2 win in the open men's final over fourth seed Andrew Osmond.

Moore takes home the top prize for a second straight year and the former professional has now won it nine times.

This one has extra meaning with him expanding his coaching business with the Moore Tennis Academy now running the Casino club.

Moore will host a free open day with coaching sessions at the tennis centre today.

It is for all skill levels and includes lunch with other prizes and giveaways.

It runs from 9am to 2pm.



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