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Kyrgios shines at West Lakes

February 7th 2013 23:06
IT WAS Nick Kyrgios Day at the Charles Sturt Adelaide International at West Lakes yesterday.
ACTís junior world No. 1, competing in his first Challenger event, scorched into the singles quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-0 blitz of Korean teenager Suk-Young Jeong.
That wasnít all, either, as 17-year-old Kyrgios partnered another impressive up-and-comer, Brad Mousley, to a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win against Alex Bolt and Andrew Whittington to advance to the doubles semi-finals.
Kyrgios won his first junior grand slam singles title at last monthís Australian Open, where South Australian Mousley claimed the junior doubles crown alongside New South Welshman Jay Andrijic.
The path only gets tougher for Kyrgios and his high-octane game from here, with big-serving Sydneysider Greg Jones next up.
Jones, who qualified then beat Austrian world No. 29 Jurgen Melzer en route to the last 16 at the Auckland ATP event last month, lost the first set in his second-round match to Canadian third seed Peter Polansky before completing a tense 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7) victory.

Greg Jones set up a quarter-final clash with junior world No. 1 Nick Kygrios at the Charles Sturt Adelaide International.

Jones has been as high as 179 in the world, but is currently languishing at 300.
He served 12 aces and won 82 per cent of his first-serve points in his latest win.
The winner of the Kyrgios-Jones quarter-final will meet either Japanese No. 1 seed Yuichi Sugita or Great Britainís James Ward.
Sugita eased past NSW player Matt Reid 6-3, 6-3, while Ward defeated Melbourne-based American Sean Berman 6-3, 6-1.
Giant-killing Russian Alexander Lobkov continued his run, with a 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-2 success over Adelaide qualifier Colin Ebelthite, and Sam Groth also needed three sets to quell tough New Zealander Rubin Statham 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3.
Lobkov and Groth will clash for a semi-final place.
NSW rising star Matt Barton and in-form Frenchman Stephane Robert, who both had the day off yesterday after Wednesday wins, lock horns in the other final-eight contest.
Elsewhere, Melbourne-based No. 1 seed Olivia Rogowska, the world No. 140, heads the quarter-final field at Launceston.
Rogowska, who ousted Australian Open Wildcard Playoff winner Bojana Bobusic 6-4, 6-4 yesterday, takes on teenager Storm Sanders next.
The other last-eight matches include Russian Ksenia Lykina and Liechtenstein seventh seed Stephanie Vogt, New Zealander-turned-Australian Sacha Jones and Melbourneís Viktorija Rajicic, and Japanís Shuko Aoyama against South African No. 2 seed Chanel Simmonds.

See the Charles Sturt Adelaide International singles draw here

See the Launceston 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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