Sanders and Perez advance to New York quarterfinals
Doubles duo Storm Sanders and Ellen Perez continue their winning run in New York.
Storm Sanders and Ellen Perez have advanced to the women’s doubles quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open in New York.
The left-handed Aussie duo scored a 6-3 4-6 [10-7] victory against American Hayley Carter and Brazilian Luisa Stefani in second-round action today. It snapped a five-match winning streak for their opponents, who had won a WTA title in Lexington earlier this month.
It also marks a career-best result for both 26-year-old Sanders and 24-year-old Perez at a WTA Premier 5 event. They will now face third seeds Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Demi Schuurs from the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.
Australian Alex de Minaur will also feature in doubles quarterfinal action tomorrow. The 21-year-old and his Spanish partner Pablo Carreno Busta play eighth seeds Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Nikola Mektic of Croatia.
In Italy, world No.102-ranked Australian Alexei Popyrin has made a winning return to the tour.
The 21-year-old has opted not to travel to America, so is making his comeback at an ATP Challenger event in Trieste.
The top-seeded Popyrin recorded an opening-round win against France’s Quentin Halys 6-4 7-6(3) overnight. He plays Italian wildcard and Australian Open 2019 boys’ singles champion Lorenzo Musetti next.