AEGON Championships II
PTA World Tour 250 - Thursday (3rd Round) - Queen's Club, London,
United Kingdom - Grass
- A disappointed Spas Delev failed to convert three opening set points in a straight sets loss to local favourite Henry Charles at Queen's. Down 4-5 and 0-40, Charles fought back with some quality serving to stave Delev off and ultimate take the first in a tiebreaker. While Delev certainly posed a greater threat to Charles than Henrikk Henrikkson did yesterday, he was unable to take full advantage of his chances as he was broken late in the second set as the local player advanced into a quarter final matchup with defending champion Darcy Cowan 7-6(5), 6-4.
- In his biggest test so far, wildcard entrant Marcuss Deane certainly did not disgrace himself against third seed Jefferson Drake of East CWLander. Deane was serving up a storm early, but Drake still created himself enough chances on the Deane serve to bring up seven break points. To Deane's credit, he served particularly well to take the set to a tiebreaker but was overborne by Drake's power as the top ten player took the breaker 7-4. The seams of Deane's game came undone in the second set as he was bagelled in quick time, but Drake was quick to congratulate him at the net following the match as he moved into the quarter finals.
- There Drake will meet Heath Davis who produced his most impressive performance so far in a straight sets win over fifth seed Rick Henson. In yet another case of not being able to get his game together, Henson continues to struggle to break the glass ceiling as he was outplayed by a brazen Davis who spent the first set abusing a linesman. The young Japanese woman was reduced to tears by the normally good-natured Davis who was froffin' at a backhand from Henson he believed was inches wide. The call gave Henson a 3-1 lead, but he threw it away - and later the set - in a tiebreaker 4-7. The second set continued with Davis hurting Henson early with a forehand winner of his own to take a break of serve. That was enough as Henson failed to get a read on his big serve and watched helplessly as Davis stormed into the round of 8 7-6(4), 6-3.
- Davis' doubles partner Jojo Mustard was forced to save a couple of set points in his win over Toby Brookes of Australia. The energetic Aussie led 6-4 in the first set tiebreaker, but flubbed his opportunities as Mustard eventually took it 10-8. While his serve looked shaky in the first set, it was business as usual for the Westerner in the second as he secured a quarter final berth with a convincing 7-6(8), 6-2 win to send the unseeded Australian packing. He continues with a string of unseeded opponents tomorrow as Thailand's Atthaphol Sae-ul moved into the quarter finals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Li Ming-Wang of China.
- In the fourth quarter final, top seed Jason Hall will meet eleventh seed David Champion for the second year running after cruising past an uninspired Jarkko Maxum. A shell-shocked Maxum responded to the big occasion with overly defensive tennis and it wasn't surprising that he failed to secure a single break point against his smooth grass court opponent. In contrast, Hall showed the most confidence he has since the end of the hard court season as he returned assertively and struck the ball cleanly to advance 6-1, 6-1.
- Seeded players out: Rick Henson; Jarkko Maxum; János Varga.
- In the doubles, what promised to be an entertaining match was a one-sided flogging as second seed Heath Davis and Jojo Mustard easily accounted for Spas Delev and Jefferson Drake. Still smarting from their loss at Roland Garros, Davis and Mustard fell back 0-2 before turning on their engines and taking twelve of the next fourteen games in a 6-3, 6-1 win. Admittedly, Drake's heart didn't look in it with a quarter final to play in the singles, but the win gives Davis and Mustard a third round meeting with Henry Charles and Oscar Highsmith who ousted sixth seeds Lee Inmin and Qingdong Tsai.
- Seeded players out: Gai Kai & Lu Xun; Lee Inmin & Qingdong Tsai; János Varga & Zoltán Varga.