Top seed prevails in Gympie Open
BRISBANE’S Scott Puodziunas had all the answers on the tennis court to take out the Gympie RSL Open at the weekend.
Applying his craft at the Reg English tennis centre, Puodziunas clinched the Glen Eaton Memorial Trophy for the first time, outlasting Brisbane coach Grant Silcock in the final 6-2 7-6 (7-4).
Tournament director and Gympie and District Tennis coach Matt Watkins said Puodziunas produced excellent tennis in the final to lift the trophy.
“It was a great show of tennis despite players being fatigued from the day’s play,” Watkins said.
“Scott is tall and has a great serve, so that was difficult for Grant to deal with.
“He was hard to break and maintained the pressure right to the end.”
Puodziunas, the first seed, signalled his intentions in the opening game of the first set, breaking Silcock to earn early momentum.
From there, Silock struggled to make inroads into the set and Puodziunas stepped it up, taking it convincingly 6-2.
The second set was much tighter as play went on serve until a tie-break was called on to break the deadlock.
Puodziunas, however, held strong when it mattered most, edging ahead to take the tie-break and match with a scoreline of 7-4.
Puodziunas has tasted success in Gympie before, finishing runner-up in a clay tournament at Queen’s Park in 2006.
Meanwhile, the women’s singles event was won by Rachel Tredoux as the number three seed over Kayla Stevenson.
Tredoux defeated Stevenson, the number two seed, 8-3 in a pro set.
On route to the final win, Tredoux sent top seed Cassie Gramlick packing.
“Rachel was playing really well and that form carried her right through to the final,” Watkins said.
A number of Gympie players were in action, including Matt Brown, Tim Powell together with sisters Christy and Joelene Scott.
Brown put in a good show to reach the round of 16, bowing out 8-3 against Steven Gort, the number two seed.
Watkins said the score line didn’t reflect how closely contested the clash was.
“There were many games where the points could have gone either way,” he said.
“It was really tight and a good battle.”
Powell, meanwhile, was knocked out in the first round together with Joelene.
Christy, though, gained a real injection of confidence by reaching the quarter finals of the women’s singles, eventually falling to top seed Cassie Gramlick.
“Christy’s game is really coming along and she will take a lot away from this result,” Watkins said.
Overall, Watkins was relieved the event was able to reach a conclusion after suffering a washout Saturday.
Players returned Sunday and abbreviated matches were played in a tight schedule to complete matches. “The players were eager to play and that was great,” Watkins said.
The next tournament Gympie players will be involved looking for success will be in Chinchilla this weekend.