BENDIGO AND TRARALGON SEMIS SORTED


It’s been another busy day across regional Victoria with both the Traralgon and Bendigo International events coming towards a close.


Day six of the Bendigo International saw quarter-finals action commence for the men’s ATP challenger event.


Enzo Couacaud was victorious in the first match of the day on centre court after beating fellow Frenchman Quentin Halys in what was a tight contest.


Couacaud dropped the first set, before winning the second set in a tie break. However, the

World No. 179 skipped away to win narrowly in three sets 6-7, 7-6, 7-5.


Also playing on centre court was Salvatore Caruso and Hugo Grenier.


Caruso, despite losing the first set, went on to score after Grenier retired in the third set with the Italian now proceeding to the semi-final on Saturday.


Meanwhile Franco Agamenone defeated his rival Dmitry Popko in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 with Agamenone now preparing for his semi-final.


Also proceeding to the semi-finals was Ernesto Escobedo. The American beat Vit Kopriva in three sets 6- 3, 6-7, 7-6.


As it stands Bendigo will host the men’s semi-finals on Saturday with Agamenone taking on Couacaud followed by Caruso and Escobedo.


Quarter-final action was also the story of the day in Bendigo ITF W60.


Former World No. 9 CoCo Vandeweghe was on the winners list with a straight sets win over Yuliya Hatouka 7-6, 6-2.


Also winning was Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva after she dismantled her opponent Joanne Zugar beating her 6-3, 6-1.


Kathinka von Deichmann won in straight sets after defeating Elina Avanesyan of Russia 7-5, 6-2.


Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium also progressed to the semi-finals with a straight sets win over Fernanda Contreras Gomez 7-5, 6-4.


A bumper day of women’s action will continue on Saturday with two huge semi-finals getting underway.


Vandeweghe will clash with Jimenez Kasintseva while von Deichmann plays Bonaventure.


Traralgon was also busy today with a host of results forming the back-end of the tournament. Over in the men’s ATP Challenger event, quarter-final action was underway.


Former World No.6 Gilles Simon headlined a bumper day however the Frenchman couldn’t hold his opponent at bay.


Jasper De Jong stunned Simon with a straight sets win 6-4, 6-1 to progress through to the semi-finals.


Mitchell Krueger overcame difficulties after losing the first set 5-7 but found his groove later in the match defeating Nino Serdarušić 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

It was also a similar story for Tomas Machac as he lost the first set to Mikhail Kukushkin. However, Machac was also able to respond as he careered away to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.


Meanwhile, one of the tournaments' top international talents was also defeated. World No. 141 Jiri Lehecka was beaten by American Bjorn Fratangelo.


After losing the first set 1-6, Fratangelo turned the tables with an impressive win over Lehecka 1-6, 6-3, 7-6.


Saturday's Traralgon men’s semi-finals are now all but locked in with Krueger facing Fratangelo with the second semi featuring De Jong and Machac.


Traralgon ITF W60 quarter final action also featured on day six with a host of winners progressing through to the semi-finals.


First to strike was Sachia Vickery as she powered through with a straight sets win over Tereza Mrdeža 6- 4, 6-2.


Fellow American Emina Bektas also progressed through to the semi-finals with a tight win over Jodie Anna Burrage.


Burrage was able to take the first set but Bektas pulled her way back winning 2-6, 7-6, 7-5.


Yue Yuan scored with a straight sets win 6-3, 6-2 against Anastasia Zakharova, with Paula Ormaechea also fighting her way to a straight sets win over Katie Volynets 6-4, 6-4.


Semi-final action will begin tomorrow, completing a huge day of action at the Traralgon Tennis Centre with Vickery and Yuan headlining the first semi-final and then Bektas and Ormaechea to face off.