Moore, Bai into Toowoomba quarters
Jess Moore and Alison Bai have impressed in reaching the Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International quarterfinals, while Alex Bolt has replicated that feat in the men's event.
West Aussie Jessica Moore has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2015 Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International after a 6-4 7-6(2) victory over American Yuki Kristina Chiang on Thursday.
“She’s a tough player,” 25-year-old Moore said of her opponent. “She gets a lot of balls back. I was just really happy to get through it in straight sets.”
Moore, the runner-up last year in Toowoomba, now faces top seed Eri Hozumi, who earlier dispatched local qualifier Naiktha Bains 6-4 6-2.
“From experience, I always seem to build with matches, so hopefully I can come out tomorrow and take it to her,” Moore said of playing the Japanese 21-year-old who is currently ranked world No.186.
In other action, ACT’s Alison Bai came from a set behind to post a memorable victory over Asia Muhammad of the USA and will now meet eighth-seeded Swede Susanne Celik in the quarterfinals.
Russian sixth seed Natela Dzalamidze plays fourth seed Misa Eguchi of Japan while her compatriot Erika Sema, the fifth seed, faces second seed Cindy Burger of the Netherlands.
Top seed Bolt rolls on
After reaching the final in Cairns last week, top seeded South Australian Alex Bolt has continued his solid form in Toowoomba, successfully completing his weather-abandoned match against qualifier David Barclay and then taking care of Queenslander Steven De Waard on Thursday to set up a quarterfinal against Victorian seventh seed Dayne Kelly.
Bradley Mousley is the only other remaining Australian in the men’s draw and he now faces Chinese second seed Li Zhe, a comfortable 7-5 6-0 winner over wildcard Blake Ellis.
The remaining quarterfinals see another of the Chinese contingent, the unseeded Gao Xin, take on fifth seeded Czech Robin Stanek and Japanese teenager Akira Santillan – a three-set winner over Blake Mott – face third seed and last week’s Cairns champion, Kiwi Finn Tearney.