Saville safely through to Mildura semis
Luke Saville has joined a quartet of Aussie men in the semifinals of the Pro Tour event in Mildura.
Top seed Luke Saville has made his way through to the semifinals of the $25,000 Mildura Grand Tennis International with a straight sets win over fellow South Australian Bradley Mousley on Friday.
Saville was made to fight in the first set but eventually wrested control of the match to take it 7-6(1) 6-4.
“I feel like I’m hitting the ball well,” he said of his form on the grass this week. “I survived a tough one in the last round (recovered after dropping the first set against qualifier Brendan Moore) but I was pretty happy today.”
The 22-year-old will next face the experienced Greg Jones, an impressive 6-0 6-3 victor over No.4 seed Maverick Banes.
“Greg’s obviously played at the highest level,” Saville said. “He can’t be taken for granted and I’ll need to be on my game.”
Making up the remainder of the Aussie quartet to fight it out for a place in the final are second seed Gavin van Peperzeel and Victorian Dayne Kelly – an upset winner over No.3 seed Alex Bolt 6-4 6-4 in an entertaining encounter.
Meanwhile, Sara Tomic’s break-out run in Mildura continued after she overcame teenage Victorian and recent Perth titlist Jaimee Fourlis. Tomic won the first set 7-5, lost the second to love but fought back to take the final set 6-2.
Tomic will now play unseeded Anastasia Pivovarova, after the Russian ousted West Australian Storm Sanders in three tight sets.
In the remaining semifinal, Croatian No.5 seed Ana Vrljic will take on Czech Barbora Stefcova, the seventh seed.