Australian Open: Top Seeds Breeze Through

Australian Open: Top Seeds Breeze Through

Most of the top seeds in the Women’s and Men’s Open draws successfully navigated their first-up assignments on Day 2 of the 2018 Championships.

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Mulgrave Country Club, venue of the on going Australian Open 2018

After receiving automatic qualification into the second round, the top eight seeds in the respective draws kicked off their Australian Open campaign at the Mulgrave Country Club on Thursday night.

In the Women’s Open, all seeded players bar three progressed through to the third round.

While Jessica Turnbull [6] was eliminated from the tournament at the hands of Malaysia’s Ooi Kah Yan, who defeated the Queenslander in four

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Malaysia Open Champion and No.70 Low Wee Wern holds strong

 Fellow Malaysian Low Wee Wern proved to be too good for New Zealand’s Abbie Palmer [7] in round three.

The news on the other hand wasn not so good for Wern’s Malaysian compatriot Wen Li Lai [8] however

Who fell in straight games to Egypt’s Hana Ramadan.
 
Australian 2018 Commonwealth Games teammates Christine Nunn [1] and Sarah Cardwell [5]

Breezed through their opening matches, while fellow tournament fancies in Hong Kong duo Ho Tze-Lok [2] and Tong Tsz-Wing [3] and Malaysia’s Rachel Arnold [4] also made it through to Friday’s Quarter Finals.

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Rex Hedrick [1] in action
In Men’s Open matches last night, tournament favourites Rex Hedrick [1] and Josh Larkin [2] made solid starts to their campaigns with straight-game wins.

Hometown favourite Hedrick accounted for Malaysia’s Ryan Pasqual, while last year’s Australian Open Men’s runner-up Larkin was too strong for Queenslander Joel Luca.

Unfortunately for fellow Australian top seeds Rhys Dowling [6] and Thomas Calvert [8]

Their stay in Melbourne were short-lived after going down to Japan’s Ryunosuke Tsukue and New Zealand’s Luke Williams respectively.

Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann [3], Malaysia’s Mohd Syafiq Kamal [4], France’s Sebastien Bonmalais [5]

Last but not least, New Zealand’s Evan Williams were the other seeded players to progress to the final eight in the draw.

The matches continues later today.