July 31. Spectators were treated to an impressive display from Wellington’s Lin Zhou(Catherine Zhou) , beating Manuawatu’s Natalie Paterson in a close seven set encounter.  Lin won the first set 11-9, dropping the next two sets 6-11, 7-11.  Patterson, a right handed attacking player with strong counter hit and topspin loops and a variety of heavy forehand spin serves had Wellington’s Lin Zhou under a lot of pressure.  Lin is a left handed penhold player with a high toss serve , she plays close to the table using  short pimple rubber on the forehand and smooth rubber on the reverse side which she sometimes twiddles and uses in combination with her high toss serve.  Lin equalised by winning the fourth set 12-10.  Patterson won the sixth set and led  6-2 in the seventh set before Lin fought back to equalise at 6 all, before going onto to win 11-8, adding a fourth Wellington Open Women’s singles title to her name.

Auckland’s Oliver Scarlett was the winner of the 2010 Wellington Open Men’s Singles title defeating Wellington’s Philip McConnochie 4 sets to one in the final. In the quarter finals Scarlett defeated Auckland’s Aaron Gong 11-8,11-8,13-11,12-10. In the semi-final he defeated Waikato’s James Harter 4-2. Earlier Harter had  defeated North Harbours Mitchell Barker 4-o in the quarter final match.  Barker had previously shown good fighting qualities defeating Wellington’s Hayden Tapp 4-3 with Tapp unable to capitalise on a 3-1 lead. In the other side of the draw  North Harbours Craig Dye defeated Thom Nyugen 4-2  in one quarter final while Wellingtons in form  Philip McConnochie defeated Callum Rusbridge 4-3 before going on to defeat Dye in the semi final.

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