Durable duo doubles dip

April 03, 2018

Shepparton's Ashlea Baker (pictured) and Bendigo-based Eliza Long were a dynamic duo at the Shepparton Easter Tournament, winning the women's doubles final.

Eliza Long was in blistering form at the Shepparton Easter tournament, winning the women's singles and doubles titles.

Winning titles comes naturally for Eliza Long.

The Bendigo-based player who contested the Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association pennant season this year has a real affinity with the Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club courts.

Having held up the Cheryl Cottrell Open Women’s Plate, she also did damage alongside Shepparton’s Ashlea Baker in the women’s doubles.

The dynamic duo was top seed in the competition and claimed the silverware after trouncing its opponents across the weekend’s competition.

First up for Baker and Long was Carolyn McGann and Josie New, with Long executing her first defeat of McGann for the tournament.

With New and McGann long-term attendees of the popular Shepparton competition, Baker and Long were in prime form to claim the match 6-2, 6-3 and progressed straight to the final after an opening round bye.

The way to the decider was more difficult for Kellie Brunger and Jenelle Findlay, forced to fend off a fightback from Shepparton’s Brooke Starling and Melbourne’s Cassandra Bengough.

As the second seeds in the women’s doubles, Starling and Bengough were unable to work a miracle and went down 6-1, 7-5 in the semi-final.

There was no blip in the performance of Baker and Long in the final, taking the match 6-1, 6-2.

A-grade women’s singles had Geelong’s Jayde Glascott becoming the title-holder, overcoming favourite Bengough with an 8-3 scoreline.

Local hopes gave their all, but came up against too much experience with D’Arcy Curtis-McDonald and Ellie Mifka eliminated following their first match.

McGann finally gained the ultimate reward in A-grade doubles alongside fellow Geelong player Jayde Glascott, while Shepparton’s Jaslyn Ferguson was busy plying her trade in D-grade singles.

The young gun produced some breathtaking tennis to rise from fourth seed to a title and hold up the trophy as the only Shepparton player in her division.

Shepparton’s Ella Rohde and Sharon Clarke were unbeaten in D-grade women’s doubles with Shepparton’s Viv New and Anna Reynolds too strong in over-40 doubles competition.

Jessica Dalton was sensational in 18-and-under action as Goulburn Region representative Alanna Birch won the under-15 and under-12 girls’ titles.

Birch was unable to collect the junior doubles title with Rohde and Emily Turcato prevailing.

Siblings Olivia and Scott Hobijn-Allen had all the makings of a dream team and held up the D-grade mixed doubles trophy following a testing contest against the favourites.

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