Smeets cruises to easy win
TOP seed Robert Smeets has continued his winning run at the US$10,000 Kia International men's tennis futures tournament at Rockhampton's Victoria Park.
Smeets will play South Australia's Todd Ley in today's second round after a commanding 7-6, 62, win against Italian Enrico Wellenfeld yesterday.
It was another powerhouse display from the Holland-born Queenslander, who was forced to qualify for the event after missing the tournament nomination deadline by one day.
That was not the case for the tournament's second seed Adam Feeney after he was bundled out of the singles main draw.
The New South Wales tennis player suffered a marathon 6-7, 64, 6-0 loss to rising Queensland star David Jeflea.
Equally-impressive was No.5 seed, South Australia's Shannon Nettle.
Nettle overcame Victoria's Branimir Bozic 6-3, 6-3, to set-up a showdown with Victorian Marinko Matosevic.
Japan's Yaoki Ishii, the No.7 seed, scored a 6-2, 6-2, win over Queenslander Marcus Walker.
At the women's leg of the Kia Tour in Mackay yesterday, Gold Coast wildcard Natasha Kersten caused an opening-round upset, coming from a set down to topple Brazilian No.5 seed Leticia Sobral 3-6, 7-5, 7-6.
Australian Fed Cup representative, Sydney's Sophie Ferguson, also moved into next round.
The No.2 seed had to work hard in her 7-5, 6-4 win over Adelaide's Olivia Lukaszewicz.
Qualifying for round two of the women's Kia Tour starts in Rockhampton on Sunday.