Ellen Ryan creates Australian Open history
20 year old Ellen Ryan created Australian Open history becoming just the second female player to win dual Australian Open Singles titles Ellen Ryan’s new favourite venue might just be the Broadbeach Bowls Club here on the Gold Coast after she claimed her second Australian Open Singles title today with a comprehensive 21-11 victory over Gold Coast local Georgia White.
Ryan becomes only the second female bowler in the history of the Australian Open to win dual Australian Open Singles titles and she achieved it in emphatic style on the show rink at the home of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Ryan dominated the match from the get go jumping out to a huge 19-4 lead; stamping her authority against her less experienced opponent; it wasn’t that long ago White took time away from the bowls to have her two children and since returning to the sport has made the Queensland State Team and was a member of the winning Australian Open Fours Team in 2016.
Despite the score line heavily favouring the Australian representative, Georgia White surged for five ends in a row to hit double figures; however Ryan made sure no big counts were dropped and waited for her chance to pounce on the trophy.
The 20 year old from Goulburn in New South Wales pocketed a cool $13,000 for winning this year’s singles event; and her big pay day is likely to be topped off with a bonus $1500 courtesy of becoming the 2017 Player of the Tournament, an accolade which will be confirmed at the conclusion of tomorrow’s Men’s Singles final.
With the 2018 Commonwealth Games looming Ellen Ryan’s achievements here at the Australian Open will go a long way in securing her a dream selection in her first benchmark international event.
Ryan’s job here is not done with a pair’s semi-final with Julie Keegan currently underway against Australia’s number 1 and 2 ranked female bowlers Carla Krizanic and Natasha Scott.
Straight after the conclusion of that match, Ryan will team up with Karen Murphy, Kay Moran and Julie Keegan in the $18,000 Women’s Fours Final against Defending Champions Tiffany Brodie, Amelia Bruggy, Georgia White and Chloe Stewart.
Ellen Ryan’s road to the final-
Round of 32- defeated Denise Huender 21-16
Round of 16- defeated Azlina Arshad (MAL) 21-10
Quarter-final- defeated Claire Turley 21-13
Semi-final-defeated Elma Davis (RSA) 21-11
Final- defeated Elma Davis 21-11
Ellen Ryan’s victory today was featured LIVE on Fox Sports and a replay will be shown on SBS’s The Bowls Show on Sunday August 27 at 3:00pm.
The Australian Open Women’s Fours final will be on from approximately 4:30pm and this will be live streamed and viewable through the Bowls Australia Facebook page.
Caption- Ellen Ryans wins the $13,000 Australian Open Women’s Singles for the second time in 3 years.