Aussies in action: Asia bound
Nick Kyrgios and Sam Groth head to Kuala Lumpur as a trio of Aussies tackle Shenzhen. Meanwhile, the women are in Wuhan, continuing the tours' push into Asia.
Nick Kyrgios and Sam Groth will fly the Aussie flag this week at the ATP Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
Kyrgios is the seventh seed at the 250-level indoor hardcourt tournament and will take on Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo in his opening round match.
A projected quarterfinal meeting looms against third seed Ivo Karlovic.
Groth, meanwhile, has landed in the top half of the draw and will first play Benjamin Becker; should he triumph, he faces a likely second-round date with No.6 seed Jeremy Chardy.
The tournament is headlined by top two seeds David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez, both of Spain.
In southern China, Aussies James Duckworth and John Millman find themselves with tough draws at the Shenzhen Open.
Duckworth faces American Austin Krajicek in round one for the chance to face top seed Tomas Berdych, while Millman would play No.2 seed Marin Cilic should he get past Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
Matt Ebden stands one win away from joining his compatriots in the main draw; the West Australian will play his final-round qualifying match against Kiwi Michael Venus.
Further north in Wuhan, the WTA converges on the central Chinese city for a Premier 5-level event.
Daria Gavrilova has begun on a good note, defeating Brazil’s Teliana Pereira to advance to the second round.
There she will face No.3 seed and defending champion Petra Kvitova.
Fellow Aussie Sam Stosur has already been eliminated – falling in straight sets to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the first round – while Casey Dellacqua, Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajla Tomljanovic lost in qualifying.