Open titles to tournament top seeds

TOP seed Boy Westerhof, of the Netherlands, took out the men's singles crown at the $15,000 Tasmanian Open AMT Platinum event played at the Launceston Regional Tennis Centre yesterday.

Westerhof was too good for his French opponent Maxime Chazal winning the men's final, 6-3, 6-3.

In the semi-finals Westerhof defeated Victorian Daniel Nolan 7-5, 6-1, while Chazal was too good for Queensland's Ryan Agar winning 6-4, 6-1.

The Slovak Republic No.1 seed Zuzana Zlochova won the women's title defeating Victorian Viktorija Rajicic, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, in their final.

Zlochova progressed to the final courtesy of her 6-4, 6-4, semi-final victory over Victorian Ellen Perez.

Rajicic overcame Alexandrina Naydenova in a marathon three-setter winning 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.

The men's doubles crown went to Agar and Sebastian Bader who defeated Daniel Ferretti and Aaron Leederchard in another marathon match winning, 7-5, 6-7, 10-5, in the third set tiebreaker.

About 140 players took part in the four-day tournament including about 40 in the junior event.

``It's been hugely successful and probably the strongest amateur tournament we've ever run in Tasmania,'' Tournament director Trent Constance said.

``Standard-wise it was a world-class field and we had eight of the top 25 women in Australia competing.''

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