Max Purcell books spot in ATP Challenger final in Columbus
Australia's Max Purcell has advanced to his second ATP Challenger singles final of the season.
Max Purcell has won an all-Australian battle to advance to his second ATP Challenger singles final of the season.
The 23-year-old Purcell scored a hard-fought 7-6(3) 7-6(6) victory against compatriot Aleksandar Vukic in the semifinals, serving 18 aces and saving multiple set points in the one-hour and 46-minute clash.
The No.189-ranked Purcell is yet to lose a set this week. He now plays American Stefan Kozlov, a 23-year-old ranked No.301, for the title.
Purcell, who has won 18 of his past 27 matches, is aiming to win his third career ATP Challenger singles title – an effort that could propel him into the world’s top 170 for the first time.
Aussies in action – Columbus
Men’s singles, semifinal
Max Purcell (AUS) d Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) 7-6(3) 7-6(6)
Men’s singles, final
Max Purcell (AUS) v Stefan Kozlov (USA)
Three Australians – Maddison Inglis, Lizette Cabrera and Priscilla Hon – have scored opening-round wins in the qualifying competition at a WTA 500 tournament in Chicago.
World No.131 Inglis scored a comfortable straight-sets victory against Germany’s Julia Lohoff, while world No.162 Cabrera fought past Brit Tara Moore in three sets and world No.246 Hon defeated Norway’s Ulrikke Eikeri in another three-set clash.
The trio are aiming to join fellow Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in the main draw.
Aussies in action – Chicago
Women’s qualifying singles, first round
 Maddison Inglis (AUS) d [WC] Julia Lohoff (GER) 6-2 6-2
 Lizette Cabrera (AUS) d Tara Moore (GBR) 6-1 6-7(4) 6-2
 Priscilla Hon (AUS) d Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) 6-1 6-7(3) 6-4
Women’s qualifying singles, final round
 Maddison Inglis (AUS) v  Asia Muhammad (USA)
 Lizette Cabrera (AUS) v  Olga Govortsova (BLR)
 Priscilla Hon (AUS) v  Kateryna Kozlova (UKR)
Women’s singles, first round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)
Alex Bolt has advanced to the final qualifying round at an ATP 250 tournament in San Diego.
The 28-year-old Australian posted a 6-4 7-6(5) victory against American wildcard Alafia Ayeni.
Bolt was the sole Australian winner today, with Jordan Thompson and Jason Kubler both losing their qualifying matches.
Denmark’s August Holmgren, a 23-year-old ranked No.903, scored an upset 6-4 7-6(6) victory against third-seeded Thompson. While two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson defeated Kubler in straight sets.
Bolt now plays No.68-ranked Anderson for a place in the main draw.
Aussies in action – San Diego
Men’s qualifying singles, first round
 Alex Bolt (AUS) d [WC] Alafia Ayeni (USA) 6-4 7-6(5)
 Kevin Anderson (RSA) d Jason Kubler (AUS) 6-3 7-5
[Alt] August Holmgren (DEN) d  Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-4 7-6(6)
Men’s qualifying singles, final round
 Alex Bolt (AUS) v  Kevin Anderson (RSA)
Men’s doubles, first round
 John Peers (AUS)/Filip Polasek (SVK) v Hubert Hurkacz (POL)/Marcelo Melo (BRA)
Jordan Thompson (AUS)/Jackson Withrow (USA) v [WC] Antonio Sancic (CRO)/Artem Sitak (NZL)