Doubles ace fires in singles at Warrnambool tournament

PROMISING Australian doubles player Andrew Whittington will attempt to add a Warrnambool crown to his growing resume today.

Whittington, a men’s doubles quarter-finalist at this year’s Australian Open, booked his spot in the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club’s March long weekend tournament men’s singles final yesterday.

The number one seed will play Royal South Yarra’s Andrew McLean in the decider.

Tournament director Don Higgins said the unseeded McLean had performed admirably in his three games on his way to the final.

“He’s snuck under the radar and done well,” he said.

Higgins said Whittington, ranked 111 in the world for doubles, would be favourite.

“He has a lot of ability so we expect him to win,” he said.

Whittington defeated Jonathan Longridge in his semi-final in straight sets.

He cruised through the first set 6-0 before Longridge, who was unseeded, pushed him all the way in the second set, 7-6.

McLean proved too strong for fellow unseeded entrant Term Price in their semi-final showdown, 7-6 6-2.

Geelong’s Carolyn McGann will play Melbourne-based Ashlea Andrews in the women’s final. The pair are unseeded.

McGann defeated number one seed and reigning champion Ramona Mataruga in her semi-final in three sets.

She won the first set 6-4 before dropping the second 2-6. McGann regained her composure in the third set, winning 6-0.

Andrews breezed through her semi-final, defeating Nicole Mullen 6-3, 6-1.

Higgins said the tournament, which started on Saturday and wraps up today, had been a success.

The men’s open final starts at 10am today with the women’s decider to follow. 

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