Inter-regional tennis titles: Mornington's Emma Hall out to spoil Barwon's open singles party

MORNINGTON'S Emma Hall is the only hurdle standing in the way in of a clean sweep of open singles titles by powerhouse Barwon in the Victorian Country Inter-regional Tennis Championships at Creswick on Sunday.

Hall will play top seed Carolyn McGann from Barwon in the women's final at the Mt Prospect complex.

The unseeded Hall upset second seeded Hope Curtis-McDonald (Goulburn) in a semi-final on Saturday.

Hall won in three sets 6-2 0-6 10-8 - the first three-set contest in the women's open singles for the three-day tournament.

McGann progressed without too much trouble.

She had the better of Helen Steward (Goulburn) 6-22 in a quarter final and Central Highland's Tracey Amarant 6-0 6-1.

Although Amarant was no match for the title favourite, she still enjoyed a solid run, defeating Julie Wardle (Northern Mallee) 7-6 6-3 in a quarter final earlier on Saturday.

Barwon teammates and top seeds Adam Lasky and Matt Hicks in Sunday's men's open final, which is scheduled for a 9am start.

Top seed Lasky had a tough day on court though to stay in contention.

He had early fight on his hands in his quarter final against Jarrod Bingham (Goulburn), being taken to 7-6 in the opening set before finishing it out 6-2.

Lasky had an even more difficult time against fourth see Aiden FitzGerald (East Gippsland) in semi-final.

In a match last 93 minutes, Lasky dropped the first set 5-7 before bouncing back 6-4 10-7.

Hicks had a much easier time with straight sets in his quarter and semi-finals.

SATURDAY MATCHES

OPEN SINGLES

MEN

QUARTER FINALS

Adam Lasky [1] d Jarrod Bingham 7-6 6-2 

Aiden Fitzgerald [4] d Steve Giamarcco 7-5 6-4 

Luke Dixon d Matt Moloney [3] 6-3 7-5 

Matt Hicks [2] d Jay Debernardi 6-0 6-2 

SEMI-FINALS

Adam Lasky [1] d Aiden Fitzgerald [4] 5-7 6-4 10-7 

Matt Hicks [2] d Luke Dixon 7-5 6-2 

WOMEN

QUARTER FINALS

Carolyn McGann [1]  d Helene Steward 6-2 6-2 

Tracey Amarant d Julie Wardle 7-6 6-3 

Emma Hall d Romona Mataruga [4] 7-5 6-2 

Hope Curtis-McDonald [2] d Danielle Bowles 6-4 6-4 

SEMI-FINALS

Carolyn McGann [1] d Tracey Amarant 6-0 6-1 

Emma Hall d Hope Curtis-Mcdonald [2] 6-2 0-6 10-8 

SUNDAY'S OPEN FINALS

MEN'S SINGLES

Adam Lasky [1] V Matt Hicks [2] AT 9am

WOMEN'S SINGLES

Carolyn Mcgann [1] V Emma Hall at 9am

MEN'S DOUBLES

Matt Hicks-Aadam Lasky [1] v Jake Dunn-Matt Moloney at 10.30am

WOMEN'S DOUBLES

Danielle Bowles-Tova Penno v Hope Curtis-Mcdonald-Helene Steward [2] at 10.30am

MIXED DOUBLES

Matt Hicks-Carolyn McGann [1] v Adam Lasky-Romona Mataruga [2] at noon 

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