Top seeds reach Brisbane quarters
Top four seeds Luke Saville, Li Zhe, Alex Bolt and Gavin Van Peperzeel have progressed to the Brisbane QTC Tennis International quarters, where they are joined by an unseeded upstart.
The top seeds successfully navigated their way to the quarterfinal stage of the 2015 Brisbane QTC Tennis International on Thursday, with Luke Saville (No.1) and China’s Li Zhe (No.2) easing past their respective opponents Blake Mott and Jacob Grills in straight sets.
Saville now takes on fellow South Australian Bradley Mousley – after he ousted sixth seed Maverick Banes – while Li Zhe meets fifth-seeded Queenslander Ben Mitchell.
Third seed Alex Bolt had some work to do against Calum Puttergill after losing the first set in a tiebreaker but recovered admirably to book his quarterfinal place against Chris O’Connell.
Meanwhile, unseeded Brisbane local Tom Fancutt upset in-form Czech Robin Stanek.
Playing in front of family and friends, the 20-year-old managed to keep the seventh seed at bay throughout the match to take the honours 6-4 7-6(4).
“My confidence is pretty high at the moment,” Fancutt said after the win over Stanek, who had recently won Pro Tour titles in Alice Springs and Toowoomba.
“Stanek has shown in the last three weeks that he’s pretty good from the back of the court so I was trying to give him some different looks and not give him any rhythm.”
Coached by his uncle Charlie – who beat Ivan Lendl in a five-set thriller in the opening round of Wimbledon in 1981 and is one of a number of former tennis professionals in the Fancutt clan – Tom has a wealth of knowledge and experience surrounding him.
“It’s a kind of a family effort,” he mused.
Fancutt now plays fourth seed Gavin Van Peperzeel – a three-set winner over Max Purcell – in an all-Queensland affair for a place in the semifinals.
“I’ve played (Van Peperzeel) on clay but this is our first hardcourt match which kind of evens things out,” he said.
Fancutt capped a stellar day also winning his way into the final of the doubles with partner Darren Polkinghorne.
Local teens Hon and Birrell into quarters
Queensland teenagers Priscilla Hon and Kimberly Birrell have made the quarterfinals in Brisbane after qualifier Hon swept past Belarusian Ilona Kremen in straight sets and wildcard Birrell edged out Maddison Inglis in a closely fought affair.
Birrell now faces American qualifier Yuki Kristina Chiang while Hon meets the more experienced Thai Noppawan Lertcheewakarn.
Alison Bai continued the good results for the Australians, recording an upset win over second seed Cindy Burger of The Netherlands. The 25-year-old from Canberra now plays Papua New Guinean qualifier Abigail Tere-Apisah.
Top seed Eri Hozumi will take on American Asia Muhammad in the remaining quarterfinal.