Matosevic wins Caloundra
Marinko Matosevic (Vic) is the 2012 Caloundra Tennis International singles champion after beating Greg Jones.
Marinko Matosevic (Vic) is the 2012 Caloundra Tennis International singles champion after a comprehensive display against fellow Aussie Greg Jones (NSW).
Matosevic raced out of the blocks to take the first set 6-0, and while the second set was tighter, he kept up the pace to close out the match 6-0 6-2.
The win will provide a significant confidence boost to Matosevic, who hasn’t won at Challenger level since 2010. This is his third career ATP Challenger title and his first in Australia, with the win expected to boost his ATP ranking to approximately 160 in the world.
John-Patrick Smith (Qld) and John Peers (Vic) won their second ATP Challenger doubles title in two weeks after defeating JP Fruttero (USA) and Raven Klaasen (RSA) 7-6 6-4 in an entertaining affair.
Smith and Peers are a doubles pair on the rise and didn’t drop a set in Caloundra all week. Both players are rapidly improving their ranking after completing stints playing college tennis in the USA.
Fifth seeded Yulia Putintseva from Russia won the Launceston Tennis International, defeating Lesley Kerkhove from the Netherlands 6-1 6-3.
Putintseva ousted Australia’s Olivia Rogowska (Vic), winner in Burnie the week before, in the quarterfinals. Victorian wildcard Viktorija Rajicic also reached the quarters before bowing out 6-2 6-4 to Richel Hogenkamp (NED).
Australian Pro Tour action continues this week, in Queensland for the men, with the Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International, and at Sydney Olympic Park with the Nature’s Way Sydney International for the women.
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