Big names ready for Bundy battle
FRESH from claiming their first Australian junior titles on Sunday, Sara Tomic and Max Purcell will be among the favourites in the Queensland Junior Claycourt International in Bundaberg from today.
Tomic, of Southport, who has always lived in the shadow of her elder brother and beaten Wimbledon men's finalist Bernard, was top seed for the Optus 14s National Claycourt Championships in Ipswich and she cruised through the final against No. 2 seed and her doubles partner Lizette Cabrera, who has also entered the Bundy event.
The Queenslander, who was ranked No.75 in Australian standings and 445 in the world, triumphed in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 after having played a series of long three-set matches en route to the last round.
She was delighted with her result and the way she played and is hoping to continue her good form at Drinan Park.
"It's a good feeling, I felt great on court and I'm really happy to win. It's really hard to play one of your best friends," Tomic said.
The draw was not to be done until last night but Tomic was listed only as No.6 behind New Zealand Junior Fed Cup team member Danielle Feneridis.
Max Purcell, who hails from Belrose, recovered from a set down to defeat No.1 seed Brian Tran, of Greystanes, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in an all-New South Wales boys singles decider, capturing his first title in 2 hours and 25 minutes.
"I'm stoked to win my first title. It was a pretty grinding match and we both played relatively well," Purcell said.
"I've played Brian twice before, with each going to three sets and my way."
Like Tomic, Purcell will compete in the Queensland Junior Claycourt tournament as he aims to compete in Europe and win a second national junior title.
But he was originally scheduled to come through the qualifying singles which were cancelled.
Sixteen-year-old South Australian Bradley Mousley, who won the 14/U Ipswich claycourt national in 2010, was the top ranked player on the boys list.
Play will start at 9am and admission is free.
Main draw positions
Girls: 1 Danielle Feneridis, 2 Celine Lenertz, 3 Andrea Dikosavljevic, 4 Ellen Perez, 5 Louise Oxnevad, 6 Sara Tomic, 7 Brigitte Beck, 8 Paige Hourigan.
Boys: 1 Bradley Mousley, 2 Harry Bourchier, 3 Jake Delaney, 4 Robert Allan, 5 David Kohan, 6 Mitchell Pritchard, 7 Kennosuke Nouchi, 8 Nicholas Brown.