Olivia Rich and Matt Hicks win 2018 Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club open singles

AGGRESSIVE: Geelong's Matt Hicks puts everything into a forehand in his win over ex-Warrnambool resident Oliver Good on Monday.  Picture: Sean Hardeman
AGGRESSIVE: Geelong's Matt Hicks puts everything into a forehand in his win over ex-Warrnambool resident Oliver Good on Monday. Picture: Sean Hardeman

TWO visitors claimed the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club’s open singles titles on Monday.

Torquay’s Olivia Rich and Geelong’s Matt Hicks secured straight set victories over past winner Monika Wejnert (6-2, 6-4) and former south-west resident Oliver Good (6-2, 6-3).

Rich, now a three-time winner of the March long weekend open, was exhausted but pleased after her win over Wejnert, a former Australian Open main draw competitor.

“I was happy with the way I played,” she said.

“I was pretty consistent and made a lot of my first serves, so that was good today, as I haven't been doing that throughout the tournament.”

Rich, 23, was happy to secure another win – eight years after she won it as a 15-year-old.

“It's nice to come back a few years later and do the same thing,” she said.

ALL SMILES: Torquay's Olivia Rich is now a three-time winner of the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club women's singles open. Picture: Sean Hardeman

ALL SMILES: Torquay's Olivia Rich is now a three-time winner of the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club women's singles open. Picture: Sean Hardeman

The Torquay resident said the competition was a yearly tradition for her family, with Rich stating she had been travelling to Warrnambool’s long weekend tennis tournament since she was nine years old.