Smeets claims opener in men?s tournament

By RACHAEL BORICH

QUEENSLAND'S Robert Smeets admits it was "lucky'' to win the opening round of the US$10,000 Kia International men's futures tournament at Rockhampton's Victoria Park courts yesterday.

In a match lasting about 21/2 hours, the top seed scored a 7-6 (6-3), 2-6, 6-4 come-from-behind win over third seed, New South Welshman Luke Bourgeois.

Bourgeois appeared to have the first set sewn up leading 5-1 before his serve started to let him down and Smeets capitalised on a window of opportunity.

"I don't know if I should have won this one,'' Smeets said.

"I was very lucky in the first set.''

Composed throughout the match, Bourgeois regained his touch in the second set, regularly coming into the net while Smeets continued to launch his assault from the baseline.

Smeets, 19, made the early break in the third set before Bourgeois, 28, hit back with games going on serve with the set locked at four games a piece.

With Smeets holding his serve the match then appeared all but over with Bourgeois trailing 15-40 on serve.

Bourgeois brought the point back to deuce on two occasions before he made an unforced error to give Smeets the win.

The Rockhampton runner-up then backed up for the doubles final.

Bourgeois teamed with fellow New South Welshman Steven Goh with the third seeds producing a straight sets 6-3, 6-3 win over seconds seeds, Australia's Joel Kerley and Sadik Kadir.

The men's tour now moves to Brisbane.



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