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Chanel into quarters

Chanel Simmonds moved into the quarter-finals of the Guruda tennis tournament in Djakarta, Indonesia on Thursday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Our second-ranked player on the WTA Tour rankings, Simmonds beat Korea’s Sung-Hee Han in three sets and now goes on to play Yi-Jing Zhao of China in the semi-finals of the $25,000 tournament. The Kempton Park based player won 6-2 2-6 6-4 in a nailbiting encounter.

“At the start of the match I was in full control,” said Simmonds, 19. “I was playing a girl that hardly misses a shot so I had to be both aggressive and consistent to win points.

“Then in the second set I started missing easy shots and struggled to get my rhythm back. So just to get it back I just made sure that I got the ball back in court and then my opponent started dictating more so I was always under pressure and lost the second set.”

It went from bad to worse and before she knew it the blonde youngster was 0-3 down. “I had a very bad start to the third and then had to be aggressive and hit the ball harder to get more control of the points and then I began to play much better and she started missing shots and getting nervous,” concluded the tournament’s third seed as she contemplated her next opponent in the shape of the tall, left-handed Zhao.

Meanwhile, also out east, Rik de Voest failed to make it into the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday. De Voest went down 6-0 6-4 to fourth-seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer in the second round after seeing his service broken on four occasions.


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