Semis set in 16/u Championships
The semifinals are set in the 16/u Australian Championships, and the top seeds are still going strong.
Alexander Crnokrak and Matthew Dellavedova are on track for a final battle between the tournament’s top two seeds in the 16/u Australian Championships.
It’s the same scenario in the girls’ 16/u event, with top seed Gabriella Da Silva-Fick and No.2 seed Olivia Gadecki just one round away from a 1 v 2 finale at Melbourne Park.
No.1 seed Crnokrak overcame fifth seed Connor Di Marco 6-3 7-5 to reach the semifinals, where he will play Dane Sweeny, a 6-3 6-2 winner over Jayden Court.
Sweeny is the only unseeded player remaining in either the boys’ or girls’ 16/u events.
Dellavedova, the second seed, defeated Stefan Storch 6-3 6-4, setting up a battle with fourth seed Thomas Bosancic – a straight-sets winner over Campbell Salmon – in the semis.
In girls’ action, Da Silva-Fick was forced to battle in the first set before subduing qualifier Tayla Whitehouse 7-6(5) 6-2.
Da Silva-Fick in the semifinals plays Ivana Popovic, who dropped just one game in beating another qualifier, Georgia Ryan.
Gadecki – who last week won the 14/u tournament – took her winning streak to nine matches with a 7-5 6-4 triumph over sixth seed Patricia Apisah.
In the semifinals she’ll meet No.5 seed Selina Turulja, a 6-2 6-1 winner over third seed Lisa Mays.
In the 12/u boys’ tournament, three of the top four seeds – Lennon Jones (2), Kousuke Morita (3) and Jeremy Jin (4) – progressed to the semifinals.
The only one who didn’t was top seed Alec Braund, who was upset 6-3 6-3 by No.6 seed Amor Jasika.
Jasika is the younger brother of Omar, who later on Friday advanced to the final of the Australian Open Play-off.
It was a similar story in the girls’ 12/u event – three of the top seeds advanced, while Shanelle Iaconi, the 11th seed, upset No.2 seed Catherine Aulia 6-4 2-6 7-5.
Joining Iaconi in the semis were No.1 seed Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz, No.3 seed Hana Sonton and fourth seed Talia Gibson.
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