THE 2015 Mildura Grand Tennis International got into full swing yesterday, with a busy schedule of matches for the opening day of qualifying.
EARLY DEPARTURE: Mildura teenager Zac Robinson had a tough day on the court yesterday. Picture: Louise Donges
The preliminary two rounds were contested and it was a tough outing for local teenage wildcards Zac Robinson and Sheree Moore, who were both bundled out of the Australian Pro Tour event in straight sets.
The other local hope was teenager Andrea Mastrippolito, a direct acceptance into qualifying, but she suffered the same fate.
A strong field of 51 men entered qualifying, headlined by No. 1 seed Matt Reid, with Robinson drawn against grass court specialist Adam Lasky.
Robinson was pitted against another experienced grass player in Daniel Byrnes at the same stage of the tournament last year.
Lasky proved far too strong, running out with a 6-1, 6-2 win to set up a second round meeting with Ned Whittaker, who had a bye first up.
There were 37 players in the women’s qualifying, with Kotomi Takahata the top seed.
Mastrippolito was fighting for a place in the second round against Rebecca Bran, but was outclassed in a 6-3, 6-0 loss.
Moore had a first round bye and was looking to improve on last year when, like Robinson, she fell at the first hurdle.
In the second round, Moore came up against 11th seed Jelena Stojanovic, who made light work of the Mildura 17-year-old in a 6-0, 6-0 result.
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