Aiava kicks off Toowoomba campaign
Second seed Destanee Aiava moves ahead at the Australian Pro Tour in Toowoomba, while teenager Dane Sweeny ousts top-seeded Chilean in the men’s event.
Main draw play began at the Hopper Accountants Toowoomba International on Tuesday with second seed Destanee Aiava posting a solid win in her opening match.
Aiava was able to negotiate the high winds which was making life tough for all on court, defeating fellow teenager and qualifier Zara Brankovic.
“It’s good to get the win today,” Aiava said of the 6-3 6-1 victory. “I feel like today was the best I’ve hit and felt on court [on the current Australian Pro Tour] even though conditions were pretty bad so that’s good for the confidence.”
The Victorian world No.198 has had mixed results recently, falling early to wildcard Ivana Popovic in Brisbane last week. “I’m just taking it one match at a time, trying to get better each day,” she said.
“Getting those two doubles titles (Brisbane and Darwin) was really good, it definitely helps with my singles. I’ve really been enjoying it lately.”
Elsewhere, Canberra’s Alison Bai upset Japanese No.8 seed Risa Osaki in straight sets while Sara Tomic was challenged and need three sets to defeat Thai qualifier Chompoothip Jundakate.
The men’s event saw a massive upset for wildcard Dane Sweeny, who has been pressing lately with some good form. The local teen took out the tournament’s top seed Marcelo Barrios Vera of Chile 4-6 6-1 6-2.
Qualifier Matthew Dellavedova also had a strong win, defeating Lucas Vuradin 6-0 6-1. Last week’s Brisbane finalist, Luke Saville, who was forced to come through qualifying in Toowoomba, kept his recent run rolling with a fighting 7-6(4) 1-6 6-2 win over New Zealander Alexander Klintcharov.
Teenage wildcard Tristan Schoolkate also came through with a 6-3 2-6 6-4 victory against Japan’s Issei Okamura.
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