In-form combination’s eyes on the main prize

ORANGE doubles partners Caroline Quirk and Vesna Dimitrivejic will line up against some of the best female tennis players in the country on Sunday.

They will compete in the 2013 Tennis NSW Premier League after qualifying for the competition in September.

Quirk and Dimitrivejic will play off for the country pennant, which includes all areas outside of the Sydney region.

The pennant is a pathway to selection for the country team, which takes on its city counterparts in the Premier League final played at the APIA International in Sydney, in January next year.

“We’re both pretty excited going into it,” Quirk said.

Orange Indoor Tennis Centre manager Chris Besgrove said the pair thoroughly deserved their selection.

“On form, they are definitely the two that warranted selection,” Besgrove said.

“Admittedly, we don’t have a lot of female players, but these two definitely deserve to be going.”

Quirk and Dimitrivejic will come up against the qualifiers from the North West and North Coast regions on Sunday, and Besgrove said the pair would be silly to underestimate any opponents.

“We’re not talking about mud tennis players,” he said.

“This is a serious tournament, I know the men’s qualifiers from our region are the current over 35s Australian doubles champions.

“ That shows you the standard they’ll be playing.”

In their comeback to competitive tennis, Quirk said the ultimate goal was to gain selection for the country line-up, but said she and Dimitrivejic wouldn’t get their hopes up.

“Vesna and I played all our junior stuff together. We used to play in all the tournaments but have pretty much just been playing social tennis for quite a while,” Quirk said.

“Whether this is a long or short return to competitive tennis remains to be seen. 

“We definitely want to be among the best players, but we will make sure we just enjoy the experience.”

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