25TH Nov 2008

Bernard faces Lewis in Perth

Bernard winds up to hit a return backhand. GETTY IMAGES

Bernard winds up to hit a return backhand. GETTY IMAGES

By tennis.com.au

Current Australian Open boys’ champion and Australian Davis Cup squad member Bernard Tomic takes to the court today at the State Tennis Centre in the Perth International.

Tomic clashes with Barbados’s No.1 and tournament 7th seed Haydn Lewis. Lewis, who possesses great flare and talent for the game, will be stretched to the limit by the talented Tomic.

The young Australian’s feel and strong understanding of the game will stand him in good stead for this tough encounter.

Tomic has begun the transition into the senior ranks confidently with a recent quarterfinal appearance at the Pro Circuit event in Happy Valley, Adelaide.

Prior to the Tomic match, men’s top seed and local hope Miles Armstrong takes on promising Australian Institute of Sport athlete Dayne Kelly in a tough match at 10:00 am.

In other first round matches today, Sydney’s Sadik Kadir tackles former Aussie great Todd Reid who is on the comeback trail from injury and in-form second seed Victoria’s Marinko Matosevic takes on South Australia’s Joshua Crowe.

Men’s top seed WA’s Matthew Ebden clashes with Joel Lindner from Queensland on Wednesday, as does women’s top seed Yurika Sema who meets Robin Stephenson of the USA.

The other interesting clash on Wednesday sees current World No.16 doubles player Chia-Jung Chuang from Taipei, playing women’s number two, seed Florence Haring from France.

Chuang who reached a career-high doubles ranking of five last year is playing only her fourth ITF singles event for the year after concentrating on doubles throughout 2008.

Men’s and Women’s main draw first-round matches commence at 10:00 am today followed by the first round of the doubles competition.

The Perth International concludes next Sunday with the men’s and women’s finals commencing at 12:00 pm at the State Tennis Centre Burswood.

For full Pro Circuit draws and results visit www.tennis.com.au.

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