Australian Open 2012

12 Aug 2012

Champions Crowned Down Under

Results from Australian Open 2012, in Hobart, Tasmania.

Women's Doubles Final

C Vigrass & S Vigrass bt K Leeming & A Hayball 6/1 6/1

Men's Doubles Final

R Fahey & S Virgona bt K & H Booth 6/4 6/0 6/1 

Women’s Singles Final

12:00 pm – C. Vigrass bt S. Vigrass 6/0 6/3

Men’s Singles Final

6:00 pm – R. Fahey bt S. Virgona 6/5 6/3 6/1

REPORTS : follow link at bottom of page 


Men's Singles Semi Finals:

Fahey bt Filippelli 6/2 6/2 ret

Virgona bt Booth 5/6 6/3 6/2 6/4

Ladies' Singles Semi Final:

C Vigrass bt A Hayball 6/0 6/0

S Vigrass bt K Leeming 0/6 6/0 6/3

Men's Doubles Semi Final:

Fahey/Virgona bt Happell/Richardson 6/2 6/2 6/1

Booth/Booth bt Chapman/Filippelli 3/6 6/2 6/1 5/6 6/5

Results from Day 2 :

Singles, round 2.  Fahey looked in control in the first set against Bristol's Andy Fowler, cruising at 5/2 up until a lapse in concentration mean't Andy clawed his way back into the first set and pushed it to a very tense 5 all.  Rob remained calm and in control, he managed to take the set, quickly followed by the next two.  Up next Frank Filippelli (Head Pro in Melbourne) and Mike Happell (one of Melbourne's top Amateurs).  Frankie's effortless stroke play and fitness helped him run away with a comfortable 2 set lead before unfortunately injuries got the best of Mike.  Virgona made yet another statement by refusing to drop a game.  Bret Richardson tried hard and although the rallies were long and impressive, Steve always had the answer.  Another impressive performance from Virgona.  The match of the day was Booth v. Chapman.  Although 50-50 on paper, Booth arguably had the upper hand, Hobart being his home court.  However, this was not the case in the first set.  Chapman came out attacking and clearly 'pumped up'. He secured a very quick first set only dropping the first game.  Kieran looked uncomfortable on court, with Chris capitalising on his errors this stacked the pressure on him and within 30 minutes Chapman had the set sewn up.  In an incredible turn around, Booth began to fight back.  He settled into a rhythm and began to last in the rallies.  These extra balls almost caught Chapman by surprise and before he knew it, they were a set all.  The momentum was now firmly on Booth's side.  Chapman couldn't get into the rallies and struggled to find the galleries (which was a clear - and successful tactic in the first set).  Chapman knew he needed to change his tactics before the match ran away from him.  2 sets to 1 down and Chapman looked to steady himself.  It was tight in the 4th at 3 games all.  One loose game from Chapman gave Booth the upper hand.  Booth followed this with some tight serving to move the gap to 5/3.  1 game from victory.  Although Chapman fought hard and staged a mini come back it wasn't his day and the home favourite ran away with the set and the match.  A fantastic match watched by a very appreciative crowd to see some fantastic tennis, with only one thought on their mind...more to come!!  

Results from Day 1 :

G'day to all those in warmer climates!  Today the Australian Open kicked off in Hobart, Tasmania.  All professionals were well and truly familiar with the court after a successful (and enjoyable!) two days of Pro-Am doubles.  Well supported and efficiently run, Steve Virgona and Jon Hamer took home gold, whilst Jonathon Howell and Ron Booth graciously accepted silver..

The first day of the Open was full of very impressive tennis to say the least.  World Champion, Rob Fahey showing signs of familiarity on court (some would think he's played here a bit!), making light work of up-and-coming Nicky Howell.  Andy Fowler cruised passed the home favourite, Graham Hyland (before Graham retired after the second set).  Frankie Filippelli, Chris Chapman and Mike Happell all showed their dominance and eased through their first round matches.  Two notable matches filled with great excitement were to follow.  The first saw Michael 'The Mammoth' WIlliams give Kieran Booth a run for his money when he took the first set 6/4 and looked to do the unthinkable, but Booth steadied himself before winning the 2nd & 3rd set with relative ease.  The forth set saw Williams up 3-0 but couldn't capitalise and Kieran showed his strength and determination by winning through in 4.  The next match saw 'The tail of two Bretts'.  Brett Richardson (Melbourne) and Brett McFarlane (Ballarat).  Richardson came out the blocks firing, quickly established a 1 set lead.  McFarlane put up more of a fight in the second but the result went the same way.  McFarlane knew he was getting closer and never gave up.  His efforts were rewarded as he snuck the 3rd set 6/5.  At this point it was hard to judge which way the match would go.  Richardson was starting to struggle with his movement, but McFarlane was unable to expose this and lost the 4th set and the match.   To close the day, Steve Virgona matched up with Al Ramsay.  Al put up a great fight and showed his home court craft but that wasn't enough to faze Steve as he eased through in straight sets.

Tomorrow sees the quarter final matches in the Men's Australian Open.   Notable match being Kieran Booth versus Chris Chapman, fighting for a spot in the semi-finals.


Quarter Finals Singles

Fahey bt Fowler 6/5 6/1 6/2

Filippelli bt Happell 6/3 6/2 2/0 ret

Booth bt Chapman 1/6 6/2 6/3 6/4

Virgona bt Richardson 6/0 6/0 6/0

1st Round Singles

R Fahey bt N Howell 6/2 6/0 6/2

A Fowler bt G Hyland 6/2 6/2 ret

F Filippelli bt P Estcourt 6/1 6/0 6/1

M Happell bt G Blundstone 6/1 6/0 6/0 

K Booth bt M Williams 4/6 6/1 6/2 6/4

C Chapman bt H Booth 6/2 6/1 6/1

B Richardson bt B McFarlane 6/1 6/4 5/6 6/2

S Virgona bt A Ramsay 6/0 6/0 6/0


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