THE top four men’s seeds remain on course in the Sellers International tennis tournament – but champion Mike Tolman had a close call in going through.
The Huddersfield clubman, seeded No4, was taken to a tie-break by Manchester’s John Jordan in the second set before winning it 7-6.
Tolman – who takes some beating on his home Edgerton courts – had won the first set 6-1.
Top seed Dan Sinclair, from Thongsbridge, had a comfortable 6-2 6-0 win against Ryan Lonsdale, while No2 Nathan Jones went through 6-2 6-3 against Andy Gillett and No3 Sean Stafford beat Loughborough-based local Harry Edwards 6-0 6-3.
It’s a similar situation in the men’s doubles, with the leading seeds all through.
Top pairing are Stafford (Huddersfield) and Jones (Oldham), who beat Sheffield’s Paul and Jack Ranson 6-3 6-4.
Second seeds are Sinclair and his brother Nathan, who beat Edgerton duo Pete Vann and Stuart Gill, who had qualified, 6-2 6-4.
Tolman and partner Tom Sanders (Huddersfield) are seeded No3 and dropped just one game in defeating a junior partnership.
Fourth seeds Nick Bond and Tom Persico beat Huddersfield’s Edwards and Steven Broadbent in a nail-biting three-setter.
In the quarter-finals of the ladies, Batley’s Carrie Wagstaff meets top seed Jo Craven, from Leeds, while No2 Emily Singleton plays ‘lucky loser’ Rebecca Wood.
Huddersfield’s Caroline Mount takes on the 6ft-plus Emily Rodbourne while the final quarter is between Norfolk’s Amy Partridge and Georgina Craven, sister of Jo.
Georgina will be hoping to make up for her defeat when seeded No2 in the girls 18 and under section.
In a marathon match lasting late into the night and over two and a half hours, she lost out to Masham’s Ellie Makin 4-6 6-3 6-3.
Partridge and Wagstaff play each other in the semi-finals of the girls 18s, while Makin was playing 16s winner Kim Atkinson, of Thongsbridge.
In the boys 18s, last year’s 16s champion Simon Howson, of Sheffield, knocked out No2 seed Nick Eeckelaers 6-3 6-1.
Huddersfield’s Rob Kelly has been causing a stir in the men’s 45s, his two victims so far including No2 seed Nick Wright.
Andrew Douglas, of Huddersfield, also has hopes of making the quarter-finals.
The mixed doubles is at the quarter-final stage and carries local interest.
Huddersfield’s Victoria Cran teams up with Nathan Jones against Thongsbridge duo Nathan Sinclair and Kim Atkinson, and the Edgerton pairing of Charlotte Kershaw and Tom Wigley face Jo Craven and Nick Bond.
The club are holding a barbecue for visitors today as they gear up for tomorrow’s big finals day.
“It’s gone really well so far and we’ve been delighted the weather has held up like it has,” said Huddersfield head coach Becky Lee.
“There have been some really good matches throughout the week and they were even playing until gone midnight on Wednesday.
“We’ve also had players held up on the motorway, so it’s been a long old haul.”