Australian Chris O’Connell scores career-best win on clay
Chris O'Connell has advanced to his first ATP-level clay-court quarterfinal in Marrakech.
Chris O’Connell is enjoying a career-best run at a tour-level clay-court event.
The 28-year-old Australian knocked out world No.31 Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands in the second round at an ATP 250 tournament in Marrakech.
O’Connell posted a 6-7(8) 6-4 6-0 victory against the third seed. It is his eighth career top-50 win – and the biggest of his career on clay.
World No.87 O’Connell proved clutch under pressure, saving nine of the 12 break points he faced in the two-hour and 41-minute battle.
O’Connell now faces Pavel Kotov, a 24-year-old Russian ranked No.114, in the quarterfinals.
This is O’Connell’s fourth career ATP quarterfinal appearance – and first on clay.
He is the last Australian hope standing at the tournament, after Brit Dan Evans scored a 6-1 6-3 victory against Alexei Popyrin in their second-round clash.
Aussies in action – Marrakech
Men’s singles, second round
Chris O’Connell (AUS) d  Botic van de Zandschulp (NED) 6-7(8) 6-4 6-0
 Dan Evans (GBR) d Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 6-1 6-3
Men’s singles, quarterfinals
Chris O’Connell (AUS) v Pavel Kotov
Storm Hunter and American partner Caroline Dolehide have advanced to the doubles semifinals at a WTA 500 tournament in Charleston.
The third-seeded combination scored a 6-0 4-6 [11-9] quarterfinal victory today against Canada’s Leylah Fernandez and American Taylor Townsend, who were finalists in Miami last week.
This sets up a semifinal showdown with top seeds Guiliana Olmos of Mexico and Japan’s Ena Shibahara.
Aussies in action – Charleston
Women’s doubles, quarterfinals
 Storm Hunter (AUS)/Caroline Dolehide (USA) d Leylah Fernandez (CAN)/Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-0 4-6 [11-9]
Women’s doubles, semifinals
 Storm Hunter (AUS)/Caroline Dolehide (USA) v  Guiliana Olmos (MEX)/Ena Shibahara (JPN)
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