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Coetzee into quarters

By Mark Etheridge

Jeff Coetzee and Jamie Murray moved into the doubles quarter-finals at the Austrian Open tennis tournament in Kitzbuhel on Wednesday.

The South African and his British partner beat local Austrian wildcard combination Gerald Melzer and Tristan-Samuel Weissborn in a three-set affair 6-3 4-6 10-5.

The third seeds will now come up against another Austrian duo in the form of Rainer Eitzinger and Philipp Oswald.

Coetzee was pretty happy with the win as he attempts to nurse his hamstring through another tournament ahead of the US Open at the end of the month.

“We played pretty solid from the get-go and went up a break 4-3 in the second but did not play a great game and lost serve and next game 4–4,” said Coetzee.

“We had chances and lost Jamie’s serve. I think it was just a lapse of concentration, but in the third the energy was high and we played aggressive and it paid off.

“Its nice to win matches like these sometime and just keeps you sharp.”

Meanwhile across the Atlantic our second-ranked player Rik de Voest lost his first round match at the Vancouver Open, Canada when he went down 3-6 6-2 6-4 to British qualifier James Ward. De Voest is still in the quarter-finals of the doubles competition.

Also in doubles action, this time in San Diego, US, our top ranked women’s player went through to the quarter-finals of the Mercury Insurance Open. Chani Scheepers teamed up with Poland’s Urszula Radwanska to beat the Bondarenko sisters of Russia 6-4 6-2.

They now come up against the fourth-seeded Russian/Chinese combination of Maria Kirilenko and Jie Zheng in the quarters.

The other South African in double action, Natalie Grandin and American partner Abigail Spears, went down to Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva 7-6 6-3 after having beaten the top seeded Gisela Duko and Flavia Pennetta in the first round.