Peers hoping for first ITF final
Mt Gambier, 17 October 2008
Sally Peers in action at the City of Mt Gambier Blue Lake International.
Victorian Sally Peers has her sights set on her first ITF Pro Circuit final this week, making it through to the semifinals at the City of Mount Gambier Blue Lake International.
Standing in the way of the rampaging Peers will be South African left-hander and No.6 seed Natalie Grandin.
After defeating No.2 seed Sacha Jones (New Zealand) in the first round, Peers easily accounted for Swedish opponent Michaela Johansson in today’s quarterfinal match-up.
Peers raced to an early 5-1 lead in the first set before Johansson briefly staged a mini comeback. Seventeen-year-old Peers then closed the door on the first set, winning 6-4. In the second set it was all Peers, as she blitzed Johansson to claim a 6-4 6-1 victory in front of a parochial home crowd.
“I have played a lot of matches over the past couple of months and put in a lot of hard work, and I am feeling strong and confident as a result,” Peers said after her match.
“My ball striking has been clean and I am really looking forward to tomorrow’s match.”
In other results, Grandin set-up a semifinal showdown with Peers by winning in straight sets over Japanese No.4 seed Yurika Sema. The No.5 seed, I-Hsuan Hwang (Taipei) took advantage of a flat and tired Nicole Riner (Switzerland) winning in two.
British top seed Melanie South continued her march to the finals, defeating Japanese No.8 seed Shiho Hisamatsu and setting up a semifinal showdown with Hwang.
The semifinals will get under way at the Olympic Park Tennis Complex in Margaret Street, Mount Gambier from 11:00 am. Entry is free to the public.