Mixed news for Kiwis in ITF tournaments
Paige Hourigan has made a winning start to her singles campaign at the ITF US $25,000 tournament in Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The 24-year-old Kiwi has beaten Colombian Yuliana Lizarazo 6-1 6-3 in one hour 44. Hourigan and Japanese doubles partner Erika Sema are through to the doubles quarter finals after their opponents withdrew. Hourigan will Spanish eighth seed, Marina Bassols Ribera in her second-round singles match tomorrow morning.
Ajeet Rai has lost his first-round singles match at the ITF US $15,000 tournament in Monastir in Tunisia, beaten 7-6 (5) 6-0 by Argentine fourth seed Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna in 1 hour 32. The Kiwi plays his doubles quarter final tonight with Jeremy Beale against third seeds Tiago Cacao and Erik Crepaldi.
On the ATP Tour, Marcus Daniell and his Austrian partner Philipp Oswald are scheduled to begin their grass court season in Stuttgart against Freddie Nielsen and Jean-Julien Rojer tonight. Artem Sitak and his Australian partner Marc Polmans play their quarter final at the Nottingham Challenger tournament against 4th seeded Americans Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow.