Purcell halts Banes to reach Blacktown semi
Local teen Max Purcell has snapped Maverick Banes' seven-match winning streak at the Blacktown Pro Tour event.
Local teenager Max Purcell has ended the seven-match winning streak of Maverick Banes to reach the semifinals of the Blacktown Tennis International on Friday.
“I played him pretty well today and didn’t give him much to work with,” Purcell said of his 6-4 6-4 victory over Banes, the title winner in Wollongong last week.
Banes was precise in taking his opportunities, converting all three break points he was presented with, but it wasn’t enough to stop Purcell, who looked to have the Queenslander’s measure for the majority of the match.
The fourth seed now faces Sriram Balaji after the Indian upset second seed Dayne Kelly in straight sets.
The match will be Purcell’s third Pro Tour semifinal in recent months after reaching the same stage in both Brisbane and Toowoomba. “I’ve been pretty consistent,” he said. “Just doing the little things well and competing hard.”
While it’s Purcell’s first trip to the Blacktown Tennis Centre at Stanhope Gardens, the 18-year-old said he is enjoying the experience.
“The courts suit me really well. It’s a great set up,” he said.
Meanwhile, fellow local Chris O’Connell will play Balaji’s countryman in a bid to reach the final of the $25,000 ITF Futures event, after third seed Sumit Nagal comfortably removed Gavin Van Peperzeel from contention 6-4 6-3.
O’Connell has made an impressive run in Blacktown; the top seed has lost a total of ten games so far, dispatching South Australian Darren Polkinghorne 6-0 6-3 on Friday to book his place in the semifinals.