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Barton's tear continues at Sydney International

February 27th 2013 05:27
NO OPPONENT seems too great for fast-rising New South Welshman Matt Barton these days.
The 21-year-old, who won his first ATP Challenger title in Adelaide this month, sent down 15 aces on his way to beating John Millman 6-3, 6-3 at the Sydney International today.
Barton broke Millman in the fifth and ninth games of the first set – the latter when trailing 40-0 – then again in the second-seeded Queenslander’s opening service game of the second set.
The only negative for world No. 235 Barton in the first set was a 30 per cent success rate on his second serve, but he corrected that by winning six of nine points on his second delivery in the next set.
He ended last year ranked 426 in the world, but a second straight Challenger title this week would propel him to a career-high of about 180 on Monday.
Barton meets Frenchman Stephane Robert, who trumped NSW qualifier Nick Horton 6-3, 6-1, in the quarter-finals.

New South Welshman Matt Barton is nearing a top-200 ranking.

Robert leads their head-to-head 2-1, but Barton beat the former world No. 61 in straight sets on his way to winning in Adelaide.
The other quarter-finalists are NSW trio James Duckworth, Matt Reid and Greg Jones, ACT’s world No. 1 junior Nick Kyrgios, Mildura champion Sam Groth and New Zealand qualifier Artem Sitak.
Sitak eliminated Gold Coast’s Ben Mitchell 6-4, 6-3, a day after knocking out two-time junior grand slam champion Luke Saville, of South Australia.
Groth and Jones were, arguably, the most impressive winners outside of Barton for different reasons.
Melburnian Groth powered past Korean Suk-Young Jeong 6-1, 6-2 with 11 aces and won 22 of 23 first-serve points.
Groth next takes on Duckworth, who was a 6-2, 7-6(5) winner over Indian Sanam Singh.
Singh beat No. 1 seed Yuichi Sugita in his opening round contest.
Jones overcame Canadian No. 4 seed Peter Polansky for the second straight time in three sets and, like Adelaide, will lock horns with Kyrgios in the last eight.
Jones broke Polansky in the first game of the third set before defending break points in two separate games and clinching a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory.

Reigning Optus 18s Australian champion Abbie Myers reached the Sydney International second round with a win today.

Kyrgios briefly was down a break in the second set in his match with Slovak Republic’s Ivo Klec, but fought back to complete a 6-4, 6-3 success.
Reid downed New Zealand’s Michael Venus 7-6(5), 6-3 and Sitak stands between him and a semi-final place.
West Australian No. 4 seed Jessica Moore was the sole seed to fall in the women’s draw today, going down to ACT’s Alison Bai 6-3, 6-2.
The result follows Bai’s first round upset of top-seeded South African Chanel Simmonds at Mildura last week.
Mildura runner-up Azra Hadzic, of Victoria, joined Bai in the next round with a 6-2, 6-4 rout of Japan’s Kaori Onishi.
Japanese top seeds Misa Eguchi and Miyabi Inoue advanced with little fanfare over respective Australian opponents Ashley Keir and Ashling Sumner.
It was a good day for Japan, with No. 6 seed Eri Hozumi and Michika Ozeki also winning.
There were mixed fortunes for the other two Australians in action.
Abbie Myers, of NSW, defied back problems to beat Great Britain’s Nicola Slater 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-5, but Queensland’s Isabella Holland lost 4-6, 6-7(4) to Serbian Tamara Curovic.

See Sydney International men's singles draw here and tomorrow's order of play here

See Sydney International women's singles draw here

I am the Shepparton News' sports editor and hope to start a tennis website this year. Follow me on Twitter at @Marc_tennis and/or @marcmcgowan84.

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