Ispwich: young Aussies clinch semifinal spots
Young Aussies Storm Sanders, Jordan Thompson and Jonathan Cooper have all progressed to the semifinals at the 2013 City of Ipswich Tennis International.
It was a successful day for young Australians at the 2013 City of Ipswich Tennis International, with Storm Sander, Jordan Thompson and Jonathan Cooper all progressing to the final four at the Pro Tour event in Queensland.
Sanders continued her winning ways with a 6-1 6-4 victory over sixth seeded Japanese player Yurika Sema.
The West Australian was in sublime form, racing to a 6-1 5-1 lead before a combination of her own nerves and Sema’s fighting spirit saw the second set turn into a battle.
Sanders served the match out on her third attempt, crushing a backhand winner up the line to complete proceedings.
“I’m really excited to be in another $25,000 event semifinal. I’m enjoying the conditions here and can’t wait for my match tomorrow. Hopefully I can keep my good form going,” she said.
In an unusual circumstance, Sanders will now face Sema’s sister, Erika, in Saturday’s semifinal. Erika was a 6-1 7-6(3) victor over Varatchaya Wongteanchai of Thailand on Friday.
There will be a first time men’s finalist at Pro Tour level after Jordan Thompson and Jonathan Cooper both won their quarterfinal matches against compatriots.
Cooper was dominant in a 6-2 6-2 victory over Queenslander Ryan Agar, while Thompson had to work harder in a 6-3 6-7(5) 6-0 victory over No.4 seed Michael Look.
Thompson and Cooper will clash in Saturday’s semifinals, as will Pro Tour veterans Rubin Statham of New Zealand and Aussie Colin Ebelthite.
Statham was clinical in disposing of fellow New Zealand Davis Cup player Artem Sitak 6-1 6-3, while Colin Ebelthite lead 6-1 4-0 before his Australian opponent James Lemke was forced to withdraw due to illness.
Saturday’s schedule features the men’s and women’s semifinal singles matches.