Pro Tour heads into the finals Arina

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 10-Nov-2017

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Arina Rodionova is the one to beat at the Bendigo Pro Tour event. Photo: Andrew Perryman.
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NUMBER one seed Arina Rodionova has withstood a stern test on her way to the quarter finals of the Bendigo International Pro Tour tournament.

A clearly frustrated Rodionova was pushed by Astra Sharma before prevailing 6-4, 7-5 in an hour and 20 minutes.

Rodionova’s domination on serve was the major difference in the match, though her four service games dropped was somewhat a surprise.

Sharma dropped six service games and won just 51 per cent of her points on first serve, with Rodionova taking full advantage from the baseline.

The trend started in the opening game of the match as Rodionova broke the Sharma serve, doing so five more times on her way through to the final eight.

Of that final eight, only four seeded players remain after number three seed Destanee Aiava was knocked out by fellow Australian Tammi Patterson.

Aiava had earlier been clinical in defeating Israel’s Julia Glushko 6-2, 6-1, but the in-form Patterson put a stop to what looked a productive week.

Patterson’s 7-4, 6-4 win took one hour and 31 minutes, and saw her break the up-and-coming Aiava’s serve at a critical moment in the opening set to take a 3-5 lead.

From there she did not look back, winning eight of her 11 games on serve to progress to today’s quarter finals.

She has been drawn to play Olivia Rogowska, who flew out of the blocks to win the opening of her clash with Ukrianian qualifier Marianna Zukarlyuk, winning 6-0, 6-2.

Surprise packet Abigail Tere-Apisah also continued her unlikely run, knocking over Nakitha Bains in straight sets after disposing of fifth seed Priscilla Hon in round one.

Tere-Apisah advances to play Rodionova tomorrow, in what will be a huge test against the top-seeded Australian.

Country Victorian hope Zoe Hives did not progress past the round of 16, the Ballarat product taken out in three sets by Japanese challenger Mai Minokoshi.

Though number two seed Asia Muhammad was knocked out on the opening day of the main draw for the $60,000 tournament, she remains a live hope in the doubles alongside Rodionova.

The doubles finals will be held on Saturday, with finals for the women’s singles main draw on Sunday. 

Entry is free across the weekend to the Bendigo Tennis Complex on Nolan Street.

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