Zhang into quarters at Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off

Local favorite Zhang Ze advances to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open 2020 Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off on Thursday.

Zhuhai, China, 6 December 2019 | Isaac Zhu

China’s Zhang Ze, a former Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off (AWP) champion, won his opening match on Thursday by beating Indian No.3 seed Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3 6-0 in Zhuhai.

“I stayed positive on the court.” Zhang said after sweeping into the quarterfinals.

“I also like this event, it provides the opportunity for lower-ranking players to participate in a Grand Slam. I work very hard to prepare for AWP every year, because I enjoy it very much.

“I will try to stay as stable as possible and prepare for the next match.”

> DRAW: men’s singles

Awaiting the Chinese in the quarterfinals is Korean Duckhee Lee, who earned his place in the last eight after a convincing victory over Japanese qualifier Sho Shimabukuro.

Lee’s 6-2 6-1 win on Thursday sets up a second meeting between he and Zhang at the AWP.

On the women’s side, Tang Qianhui of China came back to beat No.8 seed Dabin Kim from South Korea 0-6 7-6(4) 7-5 to take her place in the quarterfinals.

Tang Qianhui at the Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off (photo: Elizabeth Bai/Tennis Australia)

She will next face another Korean, Sohyun Park, on Friday, after Park beat No.3 seed Ya-Hsuan Lee from Chinese Taipei 6-4 6-1 at the Hengqin International Tennis Center.

> DRAW: women’s singles

In other matches, Japanese qualifier Yuki Mochizuki upset eighth seed Tsung-Hua Yang 6-3 6-3 to reach the men’s quarters.

Next up for Mochizuki is another opponent from Chinese Taipei in top seed Jason Jung, who advanced to the last eight after defeating the young Chinese player Jie Cui 6-3 6-4.

Meanwhile, Mochizuki continued his run of good form in the men’s doubles event with partner Sho Shimabukuro.

The unseeded Japanese pair overcame the No.3 seeded Indian pairing Kadhe and Ramanathan, winning a thrilling final-set match tiebreak 13-11.

Next up for the victors are No.1 seeds, local favourites and last year’s winners Mao Xin Gong and Ze Zhang.