Saville beats Barton in thriller
Fourth seed Luke Saville played a nail-biting quarterfinal against Matthew Barton to win the only three set match on Friday at the City of Onkaparinga Tennis International.
Fourth seed Luke Saville (SA) played a nail-biting quarterfinal against Matthew Barton (AUS) winning in the only three set match on Friday at the City of Onkaparinga Tennis International.
Saville won the match 4-6 6-4 6-4 at the Happy Valley Tennis Club, advancing to a semifinal meeting with second seed Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan.
The top four seeds in the event reached their projected semifinal berths; No.1 seed Jamere Jenkins (USA) knocked out eighth seed and defending champion Alex Bolt (SA) 6-2 6-4, while Aussies No.3 seed Jordan Thompson advanced in straight sets over compatriot Jake Eames.
The doubles final was also contested on Friday in stellar weather conditions at Happy valley Tennis Club, with top seeds Marcus Daniell (NZL) and Dane Propoggia (AUS) defeating Japanese third seeds Uchiyama and Takuto Niki 6-3 6-2.
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In the longest match of the day on Friday, fifth seed Su Jeong Jang (KOR) defeated third seed Viktorija Rajicic (AUS) 5-7 6-4 6-1.
The last singles match of the day featured Alison Bai, who on Thursday knocked out number six seed So-Ra Lee (KOR). Bai was the last Australian standing in the draw and was defeated by Hiroko Kuwata (JPN) 6-3 6-4.
Earlier in the day, Yafan Wang (CHN) overcame fourth seed Zuzana Zlochova, who appeared to be struggling with injury, 6-3 6-3, while No.1 seed Misa Eguchi (JPN) then made her way through a tight match against Wen-Hsin HSU 3-6 6-4 7-5.
The twilight doubles final was played in front of a sizeable crowd following the singles matches. The match was much closer than the score suggested with Eguchi and Miki Miyamura – both of Japan – taking the title 6-2 6-2 over Koreans Jang and Lee.