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Hot field for AO Play-off

The young guns of Australian tennis are set to slug it out at Melbourne Park next week in the Australian Open Play-off.

Organisers today named the 16-player men’s and women’s field for the round robin event, with the prize for each winner a valuable wildcard into Australian Open 2010. The draw for the AO Play-off will take place at Melbourne Park tomorrow, Sunday 13 December.

The women’s field is headed by comeback queen Alicia Molik who has stormed back onto the Pro Tour following a seven-month retirement. Also on the comeback trail is Casey Dellaqua returning from injury, rising star Olivia Rogowska, Optus 18s champion and 2009 finalist Monika Wejnert and 2009 Wimbledon Juniors double champ Sally Peers.

West Australian Brydan Klein is top seed in the men’s event, which will also see Bernard Tomic back in action after winning the US Open Juniors. Matt Ebden, John Millman and James Lemke have all enjoyed success on the Pro Tour recently and will be highly competitive.

JP Smith is back in Australia after a standout season playing for his US College, Tennessee. JP recently won both singles and doubles of the ITA Men’s All-American Championships, a feat accomplished by only two others, including Harvard’s James Blake in 1998.

Queensland’s Jason Kubler, winner of today’s Optus 18s championships is also a player to watch.

Australian tennis selectors will also use AO Play-off form to help them decide wildcards for the Australian Open Series events in Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart, as well as Pro tour events. The AO Play-off is the culmination of the December Showdown, which has seen Melbourne Park host more than 2000 matches, including Optus Junior Championships in all ages from 12/u to 18/u.

“The quality of tennis really goes up a few notches for the Play-off,” Tournament Director Mark Handley said today. “This is where we get to see some of the players who could be leading Australia’s charge on the world stage in years to come.”

The women’s field is: Olivia Rogowska, Shannon Golds, Jessica Moore, Alicia Molik, Marija Mirkovic, Sally Peers, Isabella Holland, Monika Wejnert, Bojana Bobusic, Alenka Hubacek, Emelyn Starr, Daniela Scivetti, Sophie Letcher, Jade Hopper, Casey Dellacqua and Viktorija Rajicic.

The men’s field is: Brydan Klein, Nick Lindahl, Greg Jones, Bernard Tomic, John Millman, Mathew Ebden, Kaden Hensel, James Lemke, Dayne Kelly, Matt Reid, Kris Balakrishnan, Benjamin Mitchell, James Duckworth, Maverick Banes, JP Smith and Jason Kubler.

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Klein prepares for play-off

Brydan Klein hopes a strong performance in next week’s Australian Open Play-off will set him on track towards achieving his goal of reaching the world top 100 in 2010.

The West Australian, who is the top seed in the men’s field, said he wanted to kick-off his summer campaign in style with a strong showing in the wildcard event.

“It's going to be a big summer, I'm playing well so if everything goes to plan I think my ranking can jump up there and then I can get a good start to 2010, push my ranking up close to the top 100 and just progress from there,” he told the media at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

Organisers today named the 16-player men’s and women’s field for the round robin event, with the prize for each winner a valuable wildcard into Australian Open 2010.

Bernard Tomic, Matt Ebden, John Millman and James Lemke are all in the men’s field as well as Queensland teenager Jason Kubler, who won the Optus 18s Australian National Championships at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

“There's a fair few good players, a few young guys coming up,” Klein said.

“It's always tough playing the younger generation because they have no expecatations, they can just go out there and swing and that's always tough so there could be some danger matches.”

“But definitely I'm going to do my best to try and go as far as I can in this and hopefully win it because I think I'm playing well enough to do it.”

Klein started 2009 with an Australian Open first round win, defeating German Bjorn Phau in four sets and reaching a career-high ranking of 174 in June.

Soon after, he was handed a four-month suspension for racially abusing an opponent before returning to the Australian Pro Tour in November, reaching the quarterfinals in Esperance and Bendigo and the semifinals in Kalgoorlie.

“It's always tough playing a match when you haven't played in a while but every match you play I was finding my feet a bit more, playing better and progressing further in the tournament,” he said.

“I was just in Brisbane before I came here, just relaxing a bit. I've been practicing well, had some good sessions and hitting better and better coming closer to the tournament so hopefully I will be playing well when the first round comes on Monday.”

The official draw for the Australian Open Play-off will take place on Sunday 13 December 2009.
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AO Play-off official draw

Top seeds Olivia Rogowska and Brydan Klein both face tricky opponents as they attempt to qualify for the 2010 Australian Open during this week's Play-off.

Rogowska headlines the blue group and will come up against former top-50 player Casey Dellacqua in her first round robin match on Monday.

The 18-year old said Dellacqua, who made the fourth round of Australian Open 2008, will pose a tough challenge first-up.

“There's a lot of pressure on me as top seed but there are a lot of tough competitors here and everyone is going to be a difficult opponent,” Rogowska said.

“It's a tough draw and it's going to be a tough competition.”

Dellacqua said she was happy to be on the court after sitting out most of 2009 with shoulder and foot troubles.

“I've pretty much been out for most of the year so for me it's just about getting back out there and playing some matches.

“Obviously I'm a bit undercooked in terms of time on court but the play-off is the perfect opportunity to get some match time against quality opposition.”

Former world No.8 Alicia Molik plays Victorian Jade Hopper in her first round robin match.

Meanwhile World No.200 Klein will face off against newly-crowned Optus 18s Australian Champion Jason Kubler.

“It's going to be tough having Brydan in my group because he's a great player,” Kubler said. “Hopefully I can play well and give him some trouble.”

Also in action is Bernard Tomic, who takes on US college champion J.P. Smith in his first match on Monday.

Tomic said he was looking forward to the Australian Open Play-off as he prepared for a big summer of tennis.

“I've been practicing well, so hopefully I can start off good tomorrow,” said Tomic, a two-time Junior Grand Slam winner.

“It's good match practice and I really enjoy it, so hopefully when I start I can win some matches.”

2010 Australian Open Women's Play-off:

Blue group: Olivia Rogowska, Isabella Holland, Casey Dellacqua, Ashling Sumner
Green group: Shannon Golds, Monika Wejnert, Victoria Rajicic, Sophie Lecter
Magenta Group: Jessica Moore, Marija Mirkovic, Alenka Hubacek, Daniela Scivetti
Yellow Group: Alicia Molik, Sally Peers, Jade Hopper, Bojana Bobusic

2010 Australian Open Men's Play-off:

Blue Group: Brydan Klein, Kaden Hensel, James Duckworth, Jason Kubler
Green Group: Nick Lindahl, James Lemke, Matt Reid, Ben Mitchell
Magenta Group: Greg Jones, John Millman, Dane Propoggia Dane Kelly
Yellow Group: Bernard Tomic, Matthew Ebden, JP Smith, Kris Balakrishnan
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Tomic wins, Klein suffers upset

Australian Open hopefuls Bernard Tomic and Greg Jones have made winning starts to the Wildcard Play-off, while No.1 seed Brydan Klein suffered an upset loss to James Duckworth.

17-year old Tomic had too much class for JP Smith, who took medical time out in the second set for a troublesome left ankle.

The 6-3 6-2 score line was indicative of the contest; entertaining, but never pushing out of second gear.

Number 3 seed Jones was similarly untroubled by fellow New South Welshman Dane Propoggia, opening his play-off account with a 6-1 6-4 win.

In contrast, Klein and Duckworth produced a highly entertaining contest, trading a number of long rallies and both serving well.

After winning the first set 6-4, Klein looked set for a straightforward victory before New South Welshman Duckworth started to hit his straps, sending a number of impressive lobs and passing shots down the court.

He broke Klein for a 5-3 lead and closed out the set, sending the match into a decisive third, which he claimed in a tiebreaker after being down 4-5 against the West Australian.

Duckworth said he was ecstatic about the win, but still felt he had room for improvement.

“I'm really happy with the win – I wasn't really expecting it, so I just went out going for it.

“I feel there's quite a bit of improvement left; I'd just like to win a few matches this week!”

Men's Australian Open Play-off results:
James Duckworth (NSW) d. [1] Brydan Klein (WA) 4-6 6-3 7-6(2)

[3] Greg Jones (NSW) d. Dane Propoggia (NSW) 6-1 6-4

[4] Bernard Tomic (QLD) d. John-Patrick Smith (QLD) 6-3 6-2

[6] Matt Ebden (WA) d. Krishananth Balakrishnan (NSW) 6-4 6-4
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Jones looking for a big break

One of 16 Australian men contesting this week’s wildcard Play-off, Greg Jones is on the hunt for an early birthday present. The tall right-hander turns 21-years-old on 31 January 2010 – Australian Open men’s finals day – and there’s no gift he’d rather give himself than a shot at the coveted Australian Open singles title.


“If I were to win this tournament I would live eat and breathe that first round Australian Open match the next month,” says Jones, who today defeated Dane Propoggia 6-1 6-4 in the first match of his AO Play-off round robin.

“When you get that big an opportunity you don’t know how many times it’s going to come around. Hopefully it will be for the rest of my career, but you’ve got to try and take the opportunity when you get it. “


A competitor at the last two Australian Open Play-offs, Jones is yet to win a set at the event. He lost round robin matches to Andrew Coelho, Colin Ebelthite and Joe Sirianni in 2007, and to Brendan McKenzie and Brydan Klein (withdrawing injured from his third group match against Peter Luczak) in 2009. He’s not about to let some disappointing results dampen his enthusiasm for the tournament, however.


“I’m really excited this year because it’s the first year where I feel I’ve had good preparation and I’m fit and healthy and everything’s going well leading into it,” says Jones, who had to contend with strained lower abdominals and a rolled ankle at last year’s Play-off. “I’ve actually played pretty well the last couple of weeks so I have a lot of confidence and I’m looking forward to it.”

After a slow start to his season, Jones hit his straps on clay in April, reaching the finals at the Bundaberg Futures and winning Ipswich Futures a week later. “I came off four weeks training before that so I was pretty fresh and playing well, full of confidence and excited to play,” he says.


While delighted by his success on the red dirt, Jones headed to Europe determined to further refine his claycourt game. “These days you’ve got to be able to play on clay before you can get away with being a grass court specialist or a fast court specialist,” he says, explaining that while he suffered some early defeats in Italy and the Netherlands, it was time well spent.


“The idea of playing on clay quite a bit this season was to learn a few skills that I maybe haven’t picked up during my career growing up on synthetic grass and hard courts. Clay courts are different in Europe because here in Australia they are a little bit quicker because it’s more dry and at tournaments here you mostly play against Australians who typically don’t play so much on clay.


“It’s tougher in Europe with guys who have grown up on it. Once I learned those lessons I felt like I was able to transfer them onto hard court and it improved my game.”


Jones reaped the rewards of his dedication by reaching the semifinals of a grasscourt Futures event at Frinton and a hardcourt Challenger at Penza in July before rounding off the year with three Challenger quarterfinal showings in Asia and a semifinal finish at the Bendigo Futures in December.


Coming into the Play-off on the back of some of the best form of his career, he is eager to begin his quest for a wildcard into Australian Open 2010, and to get some valuable match practice before the Australian Open Series starts in January.


“It’s great to get all the Australian players together and training together in one place,” he says. “We need guys to practice with and it’s not always easy in Australia because we’re so spread out (geographically). As Australian players it’s good to have competition leading up to the summer because it’s a time when we have our biggest opportunities so we want to be playing our best tennis.


“It’s great to play in an actual tournament atmosphere - it feels just like a Grand Slam because there are so many people around and that’s what we want. It’s much better than being around here and not having anyone watching us.”


With the Optus age and team championships, an Australian Money Tournament and the Play-off all taking place during the 2009 December Showdown there is a heightened atmosphere at Melbourne Park. Jones says he is loving every minute of it, and is delighted to be able to play his part in helping to inspire the next generation of Australian tennis players.


“For the younger kids this environment is the best possible thing they could have because it’s so inspiring,” he says enthusiastically. It’s great for them having all the top Australian players here while they’re competing because they can get a taste of things.


“It’s something I feel maybe my generation when I was a bit younger missed out on because we had nationals but they were always played so remotely from the top players and the guys playing the Australian Open. The December Showdown is a great concept for Australian tennis.”


Jones says this year the Australian Open Play-off, and its wildcard prize, is the most open he’s contested. “A few of the top players aren’t playing and that creates a big opportunity,” he explains. “There are a lot of guys in contention in the draw and there aren’t as many outright favourites as there were in previous years.


“The biggest threats are guys like Brydan (Klein) who’s had some time off but who’s played three tournaments back already and is a good player and Nick Lindahl who, when he gets going, can play a really good standard of tennis. Then there are a few dark horses like Kaden Hensel who’s beaten two top 100 players.”


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AO Wildcard Play-off Day 1 wrap

Alicia Molik and Casey Dellacqua, both on the comeback trail, tasted victory on day one of the Australian Open Play-off at Melbourne Park.

Molik (SA) enjoyed a clinical 6-1 6-2 win over Victoria’s Jade Hopper, and Casey Dellacqua (WA) upset top seed Olivia Rogowska (VIC) 7-6(10) 6-0.

Number 3 seed, Jessica Moore (WA), beat Alenka Hubacek (VIC) 6-3 5-7 6-0 and No.5 seed Marija Mirkovic (VIC) defeated Daniela Scivetti (NSW) 6-4 6-2.

Fifteen-year-old Viktorija Rajicic (VIC) caused the biggest upset of the day, holding her nerve to overcome experienced campaigner Shannon Golds (QLD) 6-3 3-6 7-6(2).

Number 8 seed and winner of last week’s Optus 18s Girls Singles Championships, Monika Wejnert, cruised past fellow Queenslander Sophie Letcher 6-2 6-1.

In other results No.6 seed Sally Peers (VIC) defeated Bojana Bobusic (WA) 6-4 7-5, and Isabella Holland (QLD) won over Ashling Sumner (QLD) 7-6(8) 6-2.

In the men’s draw, 17-year-old No.4 seed Bernard Tomic overpowered fellow Queenslander and US college champion John-Patrick (JP) Smith in straight sets 6-3 6-2.
Third seed Greg Jones (NSW) was similarly untroubled by Dane Propoggia (NSW), opening his play-off account with a 6-1 6-4 win, and No.6 seed Matthew Ebden (WA) defeated Kris Balakrishnan (NSW) 6-4 6-4.

James Duckworth from New South Wales had a stunning win over top seed Brydan Klein (WA). In an entertaining contest lasting more than two hours Duckworth held firm to take the match 4-6 6-3 7-6(2).

Jason Kubler, the 16-year-old winner of last week’s Optus 18s Australian Championships, also caused an upset, defeating fellow Queenslander and No.7 seed Kaden Hensel 6-1 2-6 6-3.

Nick Lindahl (NSW) defeated Matt Reid (NSW) 6-4 7-6(4) and John Millman (QLD) won against Dayne Kelly (VIC) 6-2 6-4.
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Jones wins, Hensel upsets Klein

Greg Jones has recorded what he described as a “grind” of a win against Queensland's John Millman, moving through to the quarterfinals of the Wildcard Play-off 6-3 3-6 6-2.

The No.3 seed was forced all the way against Millman, the pair trading a number of entertaining rallies throughout the match.

Jones said after the match he was always expecting a competitive match.

“You always know you're going to get that with John – he tries his guts out from the start to the finish. He makes it very tough for you, so I was happy.”

After a second-set lapse, the New South Welshman picked up his game and concentration in the third, breaking twice for a 4-1 lead and never looking back

“I was a little disappointed mid-way through that second set,” Jones said. “I thought I had a few chances and didn't really capitalise on them, but played very well in the third again.”

Fifth seed Millman's progress into the quarterfinals will depend on his and other results tomorrow, his ledger sitting at 1-1.

Earlier, No.1 seed Brydan Klein suffered his second play-off loss in a row, going down to Queensland's No.7 seed Kaden Hensel 6-4 6-4.

An agitated Klein was unable to contain Hensel's powerful arsenal of shots from the back of the court. Despite working his way to a 4-2 advantage in the second set, he was unable to hold on to the break.

The West Australian will need a decisive win and some favourable results tomorrow to progress past the round-robin stage of competition.

Men
Australian Open Play-Off – Round Robin 2
[7] Kaden Hensel (QLD) d [1] Brydan Klein (WA) 6-4 6-4
Dane Propoggia (NSW) d Dayne Kelly (VIC) 7-5 4-6 6-4
[2] Nick Lindahl (NSW) d [8] James Lemke (VIC) 5-7 6-3 1-0 ret.
[6] Matthew Ebden (WA) d [4] Bernard Tomic (QLD) 3-6 6-1 7-5
James Duckworth (NSW) d Jason Kubler (QLD) 3-6 7-5 6-0
[3] Greg Jones (NSW) d [5] John Millman (QLD) 6-3 3-6 6-2
Matt Reid (NSW) d Stephen Hoh (VIC) 6-2 6-4
John-Patrick (JP) Smith (QLD) d Kris Balakrishnan (NSW) 6-3 6-4

Women
Australian Open Play-Off – Round Robin 2
Ashling Sumner (QLD) d [1] Olivia Rogowska (VIC) 7-6 (7) 7-5
Jade Hopper (VIC) d Bojana Bobusic (WA) 4-6 6-4 6-4
Casey Dellacqua (WA) d [7] Isabella Holland (QLD) 6-2 6-3
[4] Alicia Molik (SA) d Sally Peers (VIC) 6–4 6–7 (1) 6–4
[8] Monika Wejnert (QLD) d Viktorija Rajicic (VIC) 6-3 6-3
[5] Marija Mirkovic (VIC d [3] Jessica Moore (WA) 4-6 6-3 6-1
[2] Shannon Golds (QLD) d Sophie Letcher (QLD) 6-2 6-1
Alenka Hubacek (VIC) d Daniela Scivetti (NSW) 4–6 6–4 6-3
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Ebden edges Tomic in a tight affair

Matt Ebden has booked a place in the quarterfinals with a 3-6 6-1 7-5 win over fourth-seeded Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off today.

Coming into the play-off, Ebden has been the form player on the Pro Tour circuit. He was won 19 of his past 20 matches, including titles in Bendigo, Esperance and Port Pirie.

Tomic looked to be in good touch as he took the opening set 6-3, leaving Ebden wondering what had hit him.

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Seventeen-year-old Tomic varied the pace of his ground strokes to catch his older opponent off guard and put him under pressure.

In the second set, however, Ebden climbed out of his hole and sent Tomic back to the drawing board as he won the set 6-1.

The third set was a battle of attrition as the sun began to have an effect on the players. Ebden, who had taken last week off to recharge ahead of the play-off, was the first player to break in the ninth game.

Not to be outdone, Tomic broke straight back to keep the crowd guessing. But at 5-5 and seemingly with the momentum, Tomic was struck down by cramps and called for the trainer.

Following the injury time-out, Ebden broke the slower-moving Tomic to take a decisive 6-5 lead. The West Australian held to take the set 7-5 and continue his sterling run of form.

Following the match Ebden said he was happy with his form coming into the play-off and was relieved that he turned the match around after losing the first set.
“I got on a roll in the second and the third was real close, 7-5, [there were] only a few points in it.”

Tomorrow Ebden will complete his round-robin matches against Queensland's John Patrick Smith who defeated Krishananth Balakrishnan 6-3 6-4 today, while Tomic will meet Balakrishnan in his final round-robin match.

Men
Australian Open Play-Off – Round Robin 2
[7] Kaden Hensel (QLD) d [1] Brydan Klein (WA) 6-4 6-4
Dane Propoggia (NSW) d Dayne Kelly (VIC) 7-5 4-6 6-4
[2] Nick Lindahl (NSW) d [8] James Lemke (VIC) 5-7 6-3 1-0 ret.
[6] Matthew Ebden (WA) d [4] Bernard Tomic (QLD) 3-6 6-1 7-5
James Duckworth (NSW) d Jason Kubler (QLD) 3-6 7-5 6-0
[3] Greg Jones (NSW) d [5] John Millman (QLD) 6-3 3-6 6-2
Matt Reid (NSW) d Stephen Hoh (VIC) 6-2 6-4
John-Patrick (JP) Smith (QLD) d Kris Balakrishnan (NSW) 6-3 6-4

Women
Australian Open Play-Off – Round Robin 2
Ashling Sumner (QLD) d [1] Olivia Rogowska (VIC) 7-6 (7) 7-5
Jade Hopper (VIC) d Bojana Bobusic (WA) 4-6 6-4 6-4
Casey Dellacqua (WA) d [7] Isabella Holland (QLD) 6-2 6-3
[4] Alicia Molik (SA) d Sally Peers (VIC) 6–4 6–7 (1) 6–4
[8] Monika Wejnert (QLD) d Viktorija Rajicic (VIC) 6-3 6-3
[5] Marija Mirkovic (VIC d [3] Jessica Moore (WA) 4-6 6-3 6-1
[2] Shannon Golds (QLD) d Sophie Letcher (QLD) 6-2 6-1
Alenka Hubacek (VIC) d Daniela Scivetti (NSW) 4–6 6–4 6-3
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Tomic through to quarters

Teenage sensation Bernard Tomic will face Greg Jones (NSW) in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open Play-off after both qualified from the round robin stage today.

Coping well with the scorching 39-degree heat at Melbourne Park, Queenslander Tomic qualified thanks to a 6-2 6-1 win over Kris Balakrishnan. Jones eased past Victorian Dayne Kelly 7-5 6-3. 17-year-old Tomic and Jones, 20, are two of Australia’s most promising young players. Tomic is the winner of two junior grand slam titles, while Jones was runner-up at two junior grand slams. Both have also made huge strides forward in the men’s game.

Thursday is a rest-day at the Australian Open Play-off. When the competition resumes on Friday, the other quarter-final action will see Kaden Hensel (Qld) take on Matt Reid of New South Wales; in-form Western Australian Matthew Ebden plays John Millman of Queensland. James Duckworth scraped into the last eight to take on fellow New South Welshman Nick Lindahl in the last eight, despite suffering a final stage round robin 6-1 6-7(8-6) 6-1 defeat to Hensel in Wednesday’s round robin matches.

Top seed in the play-off Brydan Klein missed out on a place in the last eight, despite beating highly-rated 16-year-old Jason Kubler 6-3 7-6(4) to notch up his first win of the round robin stage following defeats to Hensel and Duckworth. “I played pretty average this year in the play-off, which is due to lack of match practice … but I know I'll play better over the summer,” said Klein.

In the women’s play-off, Olivia Rogowska (Vic), Alicia Molik (SA), Casey Dellacqua (WA), Marija Mirkovic (Vic), Sally Peers (Vic), Jessica Moore (WA), Monika Wejnert(Qld) and Shannon Golds (Qld) all secured places in the quarterfinals.

The schedule for the quarterfinals on Friday will be released on Thursday afternoon.
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I'm new to following the Australian Open wild card play offs and have a question.

Does anyone know why Ball, Carsten (134), Guccione, Chris (136) and Matosevic, Marinko (186) didn't play in the play off (their world rankings are in brackets)? They are not ranked high enough for Australian Open direct acceptance. Has Tennis Australia already granted them wild cards?

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Its a combination of factors,
1) older players are being overlooked in accordance with TA's youth policy (i think they have taken it too far, as the field would be relatively inexperienced)
2) many australian high ranked players are injured
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AO Play-off semifinals beckon

The order of play for the AO play-off quarterfinals has been released with some big names set to go head to head in the race for a wildcard into Australian Open 2010.

West Australian Casey Dellacqua will continue her rehabilitation after shoulder surgery against No.2 seed Shannon Golds. Dellacqua won all three of her matches in the round-robin stage and looks to be on her way back after spending most of the year on the sidelines.

Number 4 seed Alicia Molik will meet resurgent third seed Jess Moore first up on centre court. Molik won all three of her matches in the group stage and has looked dangerous all week; while Moore will be looking for some on-court revenge after Molik defeated her in their last meeting.

Second up on centre court will be women's No.1 seed Olivia Rogowska, who qualified for the quarterfinals after a games count back, and eight-seeded Monika Wejnert. Last week Wejnert added the Optus 18s Australian Championship to her trophy cabinet and will be looking to continue her winning ways.

Men's third seed Greg Jones will also be looking to keep his winning run going when he takes on fourth-seeded Bernard Tomic in what will be one of the most anticipated quarterfinals. Jones won all three of his group matches, while Tomic won two, dropping one match to Matt Ebden.

Ebden, who has starred on the Pro Tour this season and is the sixth seed here, will take on popular Queenslander John Millman, No.5, on court 7 in what is looking likely to be a close one.

In other matches, Kaden Hensel will play Matt Reid, James Duckworth meets second-seeded Nick Lindahl, and Sally Peers will face Marija Mirkovic.

Matches begin at Melbourne Park from 10:00 am and entry is free. For those who can't watch the matches live, our live stream of centre court matches will kicks off at 9:45 am with Melbourne sports broadcasters Brett Phillips and Peter Marcato leading the commentary team.
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Re: News Thread (Challenger and ATP): Tomic through to quarters

Millman delivers Ebden a loss

Number 6 seed John Millman is through to the semifinals of the Australian Open Play-off, defeating Matt Ebden 7-6(4) 4-6 7-5 in one of the matches of the tournament.

The Queenslander said he was expecting a high-quality match and the ensuing contest lived up to his expectations, with both players trading a number of impressive rallies.

“I'm actually pretty elated,” Millman said.

“It was a very tough match – you'd expect that with such a competitor like Matty Ebden. I had to play some pretty good ball today ... so I'm pretty happy. Matt's being playing great tennis – he's been the in-form player of the summer tour.”

The first set was a tight affair, with few free points given on serve. Forced to a tiebreaker, Ebden closed it out 7-4.

Games remained on serve in the second set, Millman matching Ebden each time the No.6 seed tried to press home an advantage. Up 4-3 on serve, he broke and closed out the set with ease.

Things were again tight in the third, with few free points given from both sides.

Ebden had chances serving first, but it was Millman who took his chances to break for 6-5, serving out the match with an ace on the line.

The 20 year old was happy with his form and looking forward to the challenge of a semifinal against No.2 seed Nick Lindahl.

“I think I've had a really good year, especially in the Pro Circuit tour. I thought that I'm playing some really good tennis, and you've just got to take it one match at a time.

“I'll just go out now and have a good recovery – you can wake up pretty sore after some big matches like this, so I'll just have a good recovery, eat well tonight.”

Despite his encouraging form throughout the play-off, Millman was reticent to speculate beyond tomorrow's match.

“I don't like looking too far ahead, but it would be a dream come true. I've always watched the guys on television playing the Australian Open. The atmosphere playing in the quallies here last year was unbelievable. Hopefully I can just take it one match at a time.”

Meanwhile Lindahl was a 6-0 2-0 winner against James Duckworth, with the New South Welshman forced to retire after struggling with shoulder troubles.

Unseeded Duckworth had been the tournament's surprise packet, beating No.1 seed Brydan Klein in his first round-robin match, but was unable to compete at his best against Lindahl.

Lindahl is riding on a four-match winning streak, having been undefeated in the group stage of the Australian Open Play-off.
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