Top players in quarter-finals

THE seeds have made their move at the US$10,000 Kia International men's tennis futures tournament at Rockhampton's Victoria Park.

Top seed Robert Smeets led the brigade into today's quarterfinals.

However, the Holland-born Queenslander had to survive a marathon three-set match against South Australian qualifier Todd Ley yesterday.

After dropping the second set, the 19-year-old regained his winning touch in the final set to win 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and book a quarterfinal clash with Japan's No. 7 seed Yaoki Ishii.

New South Wales duo Luke Bourgeois (3) and Sadik Kadir (4), along with Adelaide's Joel Kerley (6) and Ishii, all progressed to the final eight yesterday.

South Australian David To, the No. 8 seed, was the biggest casualty yesterday, losing in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to New South Wales giant-killer Steven Go.

Today's quarter-finals start at 10am.

In the women's leg of the Kia Tour in Mackay yesterday, the top two seeds advanced to the quarter-finals.

Top seed Maria-Jose Argeri of Argentina edged past impressive 14-year-old New Zealand qualifier Sasha Jones, while Sydney's Sophie Ferguson, the No. 2 seed, booked a showdown with Victoria's Cindy Watson.

The women's action arrives in Rockhampton on Sunday.



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