Shanghai, China, 11 October 2023 | Leigh Rogers

Shanghai, China

Rinky Hijikata and British partner Cameron Norrie have continued their giant-killing run at the Shanghai Masters.

The first-time pairing posted a 6-4 3-6 [10-8] victory against fifth-seeded Argentines Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni in the quarterfinals.

World No.9 Molteni and world No.11 Gonzalez have been one of the world’s most consistent teams this season, winning five titles together.

It extends an impressive run for Hijikata and Norrie, who saved two match points to eliminate the No.3 seeds in the second round.

Remarkably, world No.37 Hijikata had not scored a doubles win at ATP Masters 1000 level before this tournament.

The 22-year-old Aussie and Norrie now face seventh seeds Marcel Granollers from Spain and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos for a place in the final.

Aussies in action – Shanghai

Men’s doubles, quarterfinals
Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Cameron Norrie (GBR) d [5] Maximo Gonzalez (ARG)/Andres Molteni (ARG) 6-4 3-6 [10-8]

Men’s doubles, quarterfinals
[4] Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v [8] Marcelo Arevalo (ESA)/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)

Men’s doubles, semifinals
Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Cameron Norrie (GBR) v [7] Marcel Granollers (ESP)/Horacio Zeballos (ARG)

> VIEW: Shanghai Masters men’s doubles draw

Seoul, Korea

Kimberly Birrell and American partner Emina Bektas have advanced to the doubles quarterfinals at a WTA 250 tournament in Seoul.

Birrell and Bektas scored a 4-6 6-4 [10-7] victory against Korean pair Na Lae Han and Su Jeong Jang in the opening round.

This is 25-year-old Birrell’s fourth WTA-level doubles win of the season.

Birrell is still alive in the singles draw too, where she is to play Korean wildcard Dayeon Back in the second round.

> READ: Birrell reflects on top-100 breakthrough

Aussies in action – Seoul

Women’s doubles, first round
Kimberly Birrell (AUS)/Emina Bektas (USA) d Na Lae Han (KOR)/Su Jeong Jang (KOR) 4-6 6-4 [10-7]

Women’s singles, second round
Kimberly Birrell (AUS) v [WC] Dayeon Back (KOR)

Women’s doubles, quarterfinals
Kimberly Birrell (AUS)/Emina Bektas (USA) v [2] Marie Bouzkova (CZE)/Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)

Hong Kong

The winning runs of Australian contenders Daria Saville and Priscilla Hon have come to an end at a WTA 250 tournament in Hong Kong.

Saville won two matches to earn her place in the main draw, but was unable to maintain that momentum against third-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens.

World No.41 Mertens scored a 6-1 6-4 opening-round victory against the 29-year-old Aussie qualifier.

Hon had scored her first WTA-level main-draw win since January 2022 to reach the second round, where she bowed out to fifth-seeded Russian Anna Blinkova in straight sets.

Aussies in action – Hong Kong

Women’s singles, first round
[3] Elise Mertens (BEL) d [Q] Daria Saville (AUS) 6-1 6-4

Women’s singles, second round
[5] Anna Blinkova d Priscilla Hon (AUS) 6-1 6-3

Women’s doubles, first round
Priscilla Hon (AUS)/Yang Ya Yi (TPE) v Hsieh Yu-Chieh (TPE)/Ekaterina Yashina

Book online, play today: Visit to get out on court and have some fun!