5 Jan 2019

Mega Saturday at the ASB Classic

by Rhonda Karl
Mega Saturday at the ASB Classic

There’s a defending champion, a former world No1 and a Kiwi in action on Semi-final day at the ASB Classic.

First up we have New Zealand’s top ranked player, Paige Hourigan with doubles partner Taylor Townsend taking on experienced duo Kirsten Flipkins and Johanna Larsson. The Kiwi American pair have gained confidence as the tournament has progressed, beating local talent Valentina Ivanov and Elys Ventura in the first round before toughing out their quarter-final match against the Australian veterans. They’ll need to lift again if they’re going to upset the second seeds and have the Kiwi flag flying on finals day.

The first of the singles semi-finals feature defending champion Julia Goerges who dug deep and saved a match point to beat Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. Our second seed is set to play 20-year old Viktoria Kuzmova, who’s impressed all week.

The winners from tonight’s evening session will close Saturday’s session. It could be either Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams or the giant killer Bianca Andreescu against Su-Wei Hsieh or Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Before the women take the court, tennis fans can enjoy the start of the Men’s qualifying tournament featuring two of our very own, Finn Tearney and Ajeet Rai. The NZ Champ, Tearney kicks off the Kiwi contingent playing against Italian Thomas Fabbiano on Grandstand before 19-year old Ajeet Rai flies the New Zealand flag against ex pat Cam Norrie.
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GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
Qualifying - [3] B. Klahn (USA) vs M. Mmoh (USA)
Qualifying - [WC] F. Tearney (NZL) vs [8] T. Fabbiano (ITA)
Qualifying - [WC] A. Rai (NZL) vs [6] C. Norrie (GBR)

Not Before 4:00 pm
Qualifying - [4] M. McDonald (USA) vs D. Lee (KOR)
COURT 2 start 11:00 am
Qualifying - S. Robert (FRA) vs [5] P. Cuevas (URU)
Qualifying - [2] M. Marterer (GER) vs [Alt] D. Masur (GER)
Qualifying - [1] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs U. Humbert (FRA)
Qualifying - H. Zeballos (ARG) vs [7] L. Djere (SRB)
CENTRE COURT start 3:00 pm
[WC] P. Hourigan (NZL) / T. Townsend (USA) vs [2] K. Flipkens (BEL) / J. Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 5:00 pm
V. Kuzmova (SVK) vs E. Bouchard (CAN) or [2] J. Goerges (GER)
[Q] B. Andreescu (CAN) or [6] V. Williams (USA) vs [3] S. Hsieh (TPE) or S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)