04TH Jul 2008

Last boy standing

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images

By Tennis Australia

Australia’s quest for a Wimbledon title has become a lonely one, with only Bernard Tomic remaining in the boys’ singles.

In quarterfinals action overnight, Tomic came from a set and a break down to defeat 18-year-old Brazilian Henrique Cunha.

It was a bumpy road for Tomic, whose frustration bubbled to the surface for all to see. But Tomic was able to pick up the pieces and eventually ran away with the match 4-6 6-4 6-3.

Tomic will take on Fin Henri Kontinen who ended Australian qualifier Dane Propoggia’s tournament.

Eighteen-year-old Propoggia had a dream run to the quarterfinals, triumphing in three difficult matches. However, his tournament was brought to an end by the 18-year-old Kontinen 6-2 6-2.

It was a similar story for fellow Australian Andrew Thomas who fell to Serbian Filip Krajinovic. Thomas had put in a tremendous effort to make the quarterfinals, his 6-3 6-2 demolition of No.2 seed Tsung-Hua Yang one of the highlights of the week.

For the girls, Isabella Holland, Johanna Konta, Tyra Calderwood and Jessica Moore were all knocked out in the third round. However, Holland and Moore still have a chance to bring home some silverware in the doubles.

Holland, paired with Victorian Sally Peers, will face local duo Tara Moore and Heather Watson for a spot in the semifinals.

West Australian Jessica Moore will be hoping that herself and partner Polona Hercog can repeat their junior doubles success at the French Open in London. The pair is due to meet the two Zuzanas – Zuzana Linhova and Zuzana Luknarova for the last spot in the quarterfinals.

In the boys’ doubles, wildcards Alex Sanders and Mark Verryth must defeat Belgian No.5 seeds Alexandre Folie and David Goffin for a place in the semis. If the Australians are successful, they could potentially meet fellow Australians Bernard Tomic and Matt Reid.

Tomic and Reid are the No.3 seeds and will face local wildcards Lewis Barnes and James Marsalek for a semifinal berth.

Latest Result

Italian Open, R64
Benoit Paire DEFEATED Bernard Tomic 2-1 (RET) see previous results