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Singles Finals results from the Link Pumps Australian Open in Melbourne.

Claire Vigrass claimed her fourth women’s Australian Open title last night, with a dominant display against Kate Leeming. The world champion was seldom troubled in a clinical display, showing just why she has taken the women’s game to a new level. Kate played very well but, against such a complete player, she could do little to stem the flow of winners from the Vigrass racket. The final score 6/1 6/1.

The men then took to the court. Ben Matthews – in his first national open singles final – started tentatively, pushing the ball around, but soon began to grow in confidence. Fahey, enjoying the true court and balls which take cut, was showing his trademarks – cut volley and main wall dedans.

Rob took the first set 6/3 and assumed control of the match from then on. The next two sets were close but Rob always looked to have enough to get home, which he duly did in a touch under two hours, 6/3 6/5 6/4. Incredibly, this was Rob’s thirteenth Australian Open singles title!

As Ben said at the presentations, he has joined a long list of those beaten by Rob in an Open final! But Ben can be proud of the progress he has made here – he has taken his game up a level to among the very best.

Tonight is the Doubles finals and our memories are still fresh of the epic win by the Silver Foxes (Fahey & Happell) on Sunday. Expect more fireworks tonight as Rob and Mike take on the young guns, Kieran Booth and Bryn Sayers. That match commences not before 6pm and after the women’s doubles at 5pm. Kate Leeming and Sue Haswell take on Alex Brodie and Claire Vigrass in what looms as a close encounter.

There were great crowds last night so make sure you get along in good time. Seats are selling fast and a reminder that you need to reserve your seat for the finals if you want to sit in the dedans or side galleries. Viewing from the club room and top gallery is free. Call the club now to book your seat.

See you at the club tonight!

Alistair Curley
Chair of Tennis