Cabrera ready for Canberra
Rising teen Lizette Cabrera has a tough draw at the ITF $50,000 event in Canberra but she is up for the challenge.
Queensland teen Lizette Cabrera is the in-form Australian heading into the first day of main draw play in the Apis Canberra International on Tuesday.
The recent wildcard recipient into qualifying at the upcoming Australian Open has made an impressive run during the Australian Pro Tour thus far, collecting two titles (Tweed Heads and Brisbane) and rising to a career-high ranking of world No.258.
Cabrera has drawn the seventh seed first up in Canberra – Croatian Jana Fett – but remains undeterred.
“Jana’s obviously a tough first round,” she said. “But the way I’m playing it should be a good match. Hopefully I can get over the line.
“I haven’t actually played here in Canberra that much but just practicing on the courts, I like them, they are quite fast and I think they’ll really suit my game style. I’m really looking forward to playing.”
Should she upset Fett, Cabrera will progress in the bottom half of the draw, with the winner of Victorians Destanee Aiava and Sally Peers standing next in her way. Beyond that, a potential quarterfinal match-up with last week’s Bendigo finalist and third seed, American Asia Muhammad, looms.
The highest ranked Australian in the ITF $50,000 field is Arina Rodionova, the fifth seed. She is on track to meet the tournament’s top seed, Japan’s Risa Ozaki – the Bendigo champion – at the quarterfinal stage.
Ozaki starts her campaign for consecutive titles against qualifier Abbie Myers, before facing either Olivia Rogowska or rising Papua New Guinean Abigail Tere-Apisah, who made her third Pro Tour semifinal in Bendigo before falling easily to the Japanese world No.103.
The second seed, also hailing from Japan, is Hiroko Kuwata. She has drawn experienced West Australian Jessica Moore in the first round with yet another countrywoman, eighth seed Shuko Aoyama, a possible quarterfinal opponent.
Aoyama will first need to get past Tammi Patterson and possibly wildcard Sara Tomic – who takes to the court on Tuesday against Slovakian Zuzana Zlochova – to reach the last eight.