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.''

Zuzana Zlochova, of the Slovak Republic, was too good for Victorian Viktorija Rajicic in the women's final of the Tasmanian Open AMT Platinum event in Launceston. Pictures: SCOTT GELSTON

Zuzana Zlochova, of the Slovak Republic, was too good for Victorian Viktorija Rajicic in the women's final of the Tasmanian Open AMT Platinum event in Launceston. Pictures: SCOTT GELSTON