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SMITH CONTINUES TO PROGRESS ON THE ITF TOUR

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
08/08/2021
15:00 PM

Tina Nadine Smith has reached her second final in three weeks on the ITF World Tennis Tour in Cairo.

The Aussie came from a set down and saved and saved a match point to take down No. 1 seed Sandra Samir 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1 in three hours.

Smith will face Italian Diletta Cherubini in the final in a bid to claim her maiden ITF title.

Also on the ITF Tour, Aussie Blake Ellis and Kiwi Ajeet Rai claimed the doubles title at the ITF M15 in Monastir. It is Ellis’ third ITF doubles title.

On the ATP Tour, James Duckworth moved into the final round of qualifying for the National Bank Open Masters in Toronto.

The Duckmeister defeated Ilya Marchenko 6-1, 6-3 and will now face Canadian Peter Polansky for a spot in the main draw.

Fellow Aussie Alexei Popyrin unfortunately went down to Brit Liam Broady 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-7(2) in the first round of qualifying.

Popyrin led by a set and a break and had a match point but unfortunately wasn’t able to capitalise.

Max Purcell, who entered the qualifying draw as an alternate also unfortunately went down in a tight contest 6-7(2), 7-6(2), 6-7(4) to Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez.

On the women’s side in Monreal, Aussies Astra Sharma and Maddison Inglis both unfortunately fell in the opening round of qualifying.

At the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, Ellen Perez and Czech Kveta Peschke unfortunately went down to No. 1 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani 3-6, 6-4, 8-10 in a tight semi-final.

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