Australian Open commences in scintillating style
The first 83 sections of the men’s singles kicked off the $225,000 Australian Open this morning, with a handful of the early favourites winning their opening matches.
National Coach Steve Glasson, hoping to win his first crown at an Australian Open, commenced his campaign at the Gold Coast Lawn in style with 21-6 victory against Ray Hope to open proceedings in the first of three sectional matches in the blue-ribbon discipline.
It was a case of like-father-like-son, with Ben Glasson joining Steve in the winners’ circle with a first rubber win against Kel Brandhoj 21-12, just down the road at Broadbeach; which will become the tournaments finals’ host venue when it progresses to the business end of the event with the knockout stage.
Aron Sherrif, the 2010 blue ribbon winner and three-time Australian international bowler of the year, also fared well in the first session of the 13 day event, comfortably easing past his opponent Brody Dexter, 21-4, at Robina.
Dylan Fisher, the 21-year-old former Australian Jackaroo, looking to build on his impressive resume that includes the 2013 Australian Open men’s pairs, narrowly beat Gerrin Jenke at Paradise Point, 21-19.
Former English international David Holt, who represented Australia last year after winning the 2014 Australian Indoor Championships, won a close match against Robert Simmonds, 21-16, at Gold Coast Lawn.
Local hopes will also be high as Broadbeach star Sean Ingham, who earlier this week trialled for a spot in the coveted Australian Jackaroos squad, won his opening match in Tugun, 21-16, against Eric Copeland.
The penultimate session of the blue-ribbon event is coming to a head now, with the third session commencing from 2.15pm.
Click here to view all the results from the first session of the Australian Open’s 83 sections of the men’s singles discipline, staged at 12 Gold Coast clubs.
Caption: Steve Glasson has penciled in an opening win at the Australian Open.