Max Purcell books spot in ATP Challenger final in Columbus | 26 September, 2021 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Australia’s Max Purcell has advanced to his second ATP Challenger singles final of the season.

Columbus, USA, 26 September 2021 | Leigh Rogers

Columbus, USA

Max Purcell has won an all-Australian battle to advance to his second ATP Challenger singles final of the season.

The 23-year-old Purcell scored a hard-fought 7-6(3) 7-6(6) victory against compatriot Aleksandar Vukic in the semifinals, serving 18 aces and saving multiple set points in the one-hour and 46-minute clash.

The No.189-ranked Purcell is yet to lose a set this week. He now plays American Stefan Kozlov, a 23-year-old ranked No.301, for the title.

Purcell, who has won 18 of his past 27 matches, is aiming to win his third career ATP Challenger singles title – an effort that could propel him into the world’s top 170 for the first time.

Aussies in action – Columbus

Men’s singles, semifinal
Max Purcell (AUS) d Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) 7-6(3) 7-6(6)

Men’s singles, final
Max Purcell (AUS)
v Stefan Kozlov (USA)

Chicago, USA

Two Australians – Maddison Inglis and Lizette Cabrera – have scored opening-round wins in the qualifying competition at a WTA 500 tournament in Chicago.

World No.131 Inglis scored a comfortable straight-sets victory against Germany’s Julia Lohoff, while world No.162 Cabrera fought past Brit Tara Moore in three sets.

They are aiming to join fellow Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in the main draw.

Aussies in action – Chicago

Women’s qualifying singles, first round
[3] Maddison Inglis (AUS) d [WC] Julia Lohoff (GER) 6-2 6-2
[11] Lizette Cabrera (AUS) d Tara Moore (GBR) 6-1 6-7(4) 6-2

Women’s qualifying singles, first round
[16] Priscilla Hon (AUS) v Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR)

Women’s qualifying singles, final round
[3] Maddison Inglis (AUS) v [12] Asia Muhammad (USA)
[11] Lizette Cabrera (AUS) v [4] Olga Govortsova (BLR)

Women’s singles, first round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)

San Diego, USA

Jordan Thompson has lost his first-round qualifying match at an ATP 250 tournament in San Diego.

Denmark’s August Holmgren, a 23-year-old ranked No.903 who snuck into the draw as an alternate, scored an upset 6-4 7-6(6) victory against the 27-year-old Australian.

Two more Australians – Alex Bolt and Jason Kubler – play their first-round qualifying matches later today.

Aussies in action – San Diego

Men’s qualifying singles, first round
[Alt] August Holmgren (DEN) d [3] Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-4 7-6(6)

Men’s qualifying singles, first round
[7] Alex Bolt (AUS) v [WC] Alafia Ayeni (USA)
Jason Kubler (AUS) v [2] Kevin Anderson (RSA)

Men’s doubles, first round
[3] John Peers (AUS)/Filip Polasek (SVK) v Hubert Hurkacz (POL)/Marcelo Melo (BRA)
Jordan Thompson (AUS)
/Jackson Withrow (USA) v [WC] Antonio Sancic (CRO)/Artem Sitak (NZL)

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