Here’s the latest from the Aussies competing on the WTA, ATP and ITF Tours overnight.
Astra Sharma has kickstarted her singles campaign at the WTA250 in Palermo with a win earlier this morning. The Aussie seventh seed had to do it in three sets, overcoming local Lucrezia Stefanini 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in just over two hours. She survived a scare in the final set trailing 0-2 but found her nerve to win the next four games in a row, eventually taking out the match.
Unfortunately, fellow Aussie Lizette Cabrera couldn’t join Sharma in the second round after being knocked out by Ukrainian Katarina Zavatska 2-6, 3-6 in an hour and 19 minutes. It continues to be a lean year for Cabrera who is yet to make it past the round of 16 in any tournament so far this year.
On the ATP Tour, Jordan Thompson has made his way into the second round of the Mifel Open in Los Cabos after negating the always tricky Ivo Karlovic.
Despite being 42-years-old, Karlovic still possesses the huge serve that made him a force to be reckoned with earlier in his career. However, this is still an opponent that Thompson should beat and he passed with flying colours. The Aussie managed to win 3/4 breakpoints on the Croatians serve whilst saving 3/4 on his own to come out with a 6-4, 7-5 victory.
Fellow Aussie Matthew Ebden couldn’t join Thompson in the next round after coughing up an early lead to lose to Swede Elias Ymer. Ebden was in cruise control up 5-2 in the first set before capitulating to lose the next 10 games of the match. The final score read 7-5, 6-1 in favour of Ymer.
Elsewhere, Olivia Tjandramulia has advanced to the second round of the ITF W25K in Telavi after breezing through her opening match against Lexie Stevens 6-2, 6-1.
The Aussie barely put a foot wrong as she jumped out to early 4-1 leads in both sets to put the game out of her opponents reach. She won 73% of points on her first serve and 58% of points on her opponents first serve, showing a great balance between the two. Tjandramulia will be looking to square the ledger with her next opponent Darya Astakhova, who defeated the Aussie in the second round of last week's tournament.
Tjandramulia can focus her full attention on the singles after she and partner Peangtarn Plipuech were eliminated from the doubles by Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Polina Leykina 3-6, 4-6.
Qualifier Ally Osborne was bundled out of the W25 in Telavi overnight after being taken down by Zeynep Sonmez 6-7(5), 1-6 in an hour and a half. The Aussie showed great fight to claw her way back from a 2-5 deficit in the first set but just ran out of steam in the end.
The good news for Osborne is that she is still alive in the doubles with partner Martina Colmegna. The pair advanced via a walkover against Vanda Lukacs and Zhibek Kulambayeva.
Olivia Gadecki is back on the winner’s list after a solid first-up victory at the ITF W25K in Les Contamines-Montjoie, France. The Aussie defeated Korean second seed Na-Lae Han 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and a half. The Queenslander came home like a train, winning 10 games compared to Han’s two after she fell to a 2-4 deficit in the opening set. Gadecki finished the match having saved 10/11 breakpoints whilst converting 4/9 on her opponents serve to claim the win.
Over at the ITF W15K in Cairo, Aussie Tina Nadine Smith and her Colombian doubles partner, Antonia Samudio, have been knocked out in the first round. They were defeated by Spanish duo Claudia Hoste Ferrer and Leyre Romero Gormaz 3-6, 3-6 in just over an hour.
In other news, the only two Aussie men to take part in singles matches on the ITF Tour overnight were both eliminated from their respective tournaments.
Matthew Dellavedova was granted access to the ITF M15K in Monastir after another competitor pulled out. The Aussie went down swinging against Frenchman Mehdi Sadaoui 5-7, 5-7 in two hours and 15 minutes.
Unfortunately, Dellavedova was also knocked out of the doubles with partner Credit Chaiyarin of Thailand. They were defeated by Argentinians Valentino de Pellegrin and Francisco Faigenbaum 6-, 3-6, 8-10.
Aussie Kody Pearson and Indian partner Adil Kalyanpur advanced to the quarters after defeating Jacob Brumm and Joshua Sheehy 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 15 minutes. The pair were joined in the next round by Jeremy Beale and Kiwi Ajeet Rai after they eliminated Gabriele Bosio and Samuel Ruggeri 6-3, 6-2 in just over an hour.
Aussie Matthew Romios will be frustrated after letting his lead slip away at the ITF W15K in Luxembourg. He took out the first set 7-6(5) but couldn’t hold his momentum, losing the following two sets 4-6, 3-6 to go down in nearly two and half hours of matchplay.
Thomas Fancutt and Evan Hoyt picked up where they left off last week by securing a first round win at the ITF W25K in Portugal. Last week’s champions waltzed through their opening fixture against Fabio Coelho and Pedro Araujo with the final score reading 6-2, 7-5.
Finally, Tristan Schoolkate and Dane Sweeny are back on court and winning at the ITF M15K in Edwardsville, Illinois. The duo defeated Americans Jack Vance and Tennyson Whiting in a thriller 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 to advance to the quarters.
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