Harris triumphs in Toowoomba
Andrew Harris has swept aside Jason Kubler to earn a first Australian Pro Tour title in Toowoomba.
Melbourne’s Andrew Harris has won his maiden Australian Pro Tour title after defeating Jason Kubler in the Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International final on Sunday.
Competing in his first block of professional events since finishing a four-year US college stint at the University of Oklahoma in May, the 23-year-old was ecstatic to claim the victory.
“This is huge,” Harris said. “It gives me a lot of confidence. I’ll take this with me and hopefully it will lead to more wins.”
With his opponent somewhat hampered by a shoulder complaint sustained in his previous match, Harris stood firm and eventually ran away with the match 6-4 6-0.
“Once I got on top of him I just got on a roll and closed out well,“ Harris said.
Meanwhile, West Australian Astra Sharma, 22, enjoyed a breakout week in Toowoomba, posting consecutive wins over the previous two Australian Pro Tour title winners in Kimberley Birrell and Olivia Rogowska to reach Sunday’s final.
Unfortunately, despite putting up some early resistance, she was no match for the pinpoint accuracy of Japan’s Eri Hozumi, the second seed, falling 7-5 6-2.
The Japanese success continued in the women’s doubles with the duo of Momoko Koburi and Ayano Shimizo claiming the title, while Bradley Mousley partnered Zhe Li of China to claim the men’s doubles.