Ferguson in title hot seat

By DARRYN NUFER

TOP seed Sophie Ferguson yesterday sent an ominous warning to her rivals at the US$25,000 women's Kia International at Rockhampton's Victoria Park.

After a slow start to her second round match with Mackay's Maria Sorbello, the 19-year-old Sydneysider closed out the first set 6-3 before racing away with the second 6-0.

The win sets up a quarter final showdown today with unseeded German Annette Kolb.

Ferguson said she was happy with her form.

"She (Sorbello) came out playing pretty well and it took me a while to work out what I had to do,'' Ferguson said.

Ferguson arrived in Rockhampton with a goal of winning the tournament but yesterday denied that was a formality if she produced her best form.

"No not necessarily, I'll give it my best shot and see how I go.

"I'm happy with the way I'm playing at the moment.

"I've made it to the quarter final and I'll concentrate on that match and go from there.''

Ferguson, one of Australia's bright prospects, was a Fed Cup debutant this year and played at the Australian Open.

Singles and doubles quarter final action gets underway from 10am today.



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