Bourchier shakes injury to reach Mornington final
Harry Bourchier will face Chris O’Connell for the first time to decide the Australian Pro Tour event in Mornington.
Tasmanian Harry Bourchier has overcome a minor injury incurred pre-tournament to reach the final of the Mornington Peninsula Tennis International.
Sunday’s title play-off will be contested between second seed Bourchier and Christopher O’Connell (No.4) from New South Wales after Bourchier overcame a one-set deficit to defeat third-seeded Queenslander Thomas Fancutt; winning 4-6 6-3 6-3 in two hours and nineteen minutes.
“I always knew it was going to be tough,” Bourchier, 22, said. “I lost to Thomas last time, a year ago. I had a bit of a slow start but definitely happy with my performance overall.”
“After losing the first set, I knew I had to get out of the blocks early in the second and third.”
Bourchier came into Mornington nursing a slight injury but has grown stronger throughout the week on the red dirt. “I don’t spend too much time on clay but I definitely enjoy playing on it. I’m picking up some good form,” he said.
The second semifinal was also a close affair with O’Connell defeating the unseeded Swiss, Luca Castelnuovo, 6-4 7-6(6). O’Connell is yet to drop a set this tournament.
A former world No.219, O’Connell, 24, will offer stiff resistance on Sunday but Bourchier is backing the game plan that has taken him to the final. “I’ve never played Chris in a tournament before so it will be very interesting to see how that goes,” he said. “I will just try to take care of my serve and look to be aggressive.”
In an all-Queensland doubles final on Saturday, the pairing of Calum Puttergill and Brandon Walkin defeated Fancutt and Dane Sweeny 6-1 7-5.
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