Wilkie rolls up for prize kitty

WORLD No.5 Brett Wilkie is on the brink of securing his maiden Australian Indoor Championships title after advancing to today's semi-finals at Tweed Heads.

Having entered the $30,000 grand prix as one of the tournament's genuine threats, the 36-year-old appears to be at the peak of his powers prior to his departure to Delhi next month and a berth at the XIX Commonwealth Games.

But with the coveted Indoors title now within striking distance, the Helensvale dynamo is refusing to step outside of the present, knowing all too well that two more wins will deliver him yet another national title.

“It's a title I've been chasing for a number of years and hopefully it's mine for the taking,” Wilkie said following his straight sets victory over Western Australia's Eddie Dodd yesterday.

Standing in Wilkie's way is a semi-final showdown with Raymond Terrace's Brendon Baker, while in the opposite semi-final Queensland's Jimmy Anderson will clash with defending champion Anthony Kiepe.

In the women's semi-finals, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lynsey Armitage will clash with former Australian team-mate Arleen Jeffrey after advancing past Darwin's Arlene Foley.

The remaining semi-final will be contested between NSW's Katrina Wright and Tasmania's Debbie Lee.

The semi-finals at the Australian Indoor Championships will be staged at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club tomorrow before the finals conclude on Thursday.



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