Saville, Feeney progress in Sydney
Aussies Luke Saville and Adam Feeney were among the seeds progressing to the quarterfinals on Thursday at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis International #2.
The bulk of the seeded players have advanced to the quarterfinals on a sunny Wednesday at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis International #2.
Among them were fourth seed Adam Feeney and seventh-seeded Luke Saville, who both progressed to the last eight in straight sets.
Also moving forward in straight sets was top seed Yuki Bhambri of India, Japanese sixth seed Tasutaka Uchiyama and No.8 seed Kento Takeuchi, also of Japan.
Third seed Jose Statham of New Zealand joined them in the quarters, but only after being challenged early by young New South Welshman Blake Mott.
However, Statham recovered strongly to post a 5-7 6-4 6-1 win on feature Court 2.
The biggest upset of the tournament so far followed this match, with Victorian Dayne Kelly, ranked 852nd, coming back to defeat Korean second seed Yong-Kyu Lim – a player ranked almost 600 players higher – 3-6 6-2 6-4.
In doubles action, top seeds and Sydney Olympic Park Tennis International #1 champions Statham and Dane Propoggia survived a tight tussle 4-6 6-3 [11-9] to reach Friday’s final.
Propoggia and Statham will meet third seeds Bhambri and Uchiyama after the Indian-Japanese pairing beat Queenslanders Maverick Banes and Gavin Van Peperzeel.
Singles quarterfinal action will take place at Sydney Olympic Park from 10am on Friday, and will be followed by the doubles final.