New Zealand tennis player Rubin Statham couldn’t quite close out the match in the doubles final at the US$15,000 Futures tournament in Wellington.
Statham and Australian partner, Nima Roshan, the tournament second seeds had equaled the set scores at 6-4 a piece but when it came to the match tiebreak it was the top seeded Australians Brydan Klein and Dan Propoggia all the way as they won the match tiebreak 10-1.
The women’s doubles final of the US$25,000 Conifigure Express Pro was a more straightforward contest as the unseeded teens, Timea Babos(Hungary) and Tammi Patterson(Australia) defeated the second seeded Aussie pair of Jarmila Groth and Jade Hooper 6-3 6-2.
Babos, 17 is one of the world’s best juniors and was in the final of three junior Grand Slams this year and is surely a name for the future with an aggressive all-court game.
The men’s and women’s singles semifinals start from midday on Saturday with the finals to be held from midday on Sunday
Results (New Zealand unless noted)
Configure Express Pro US$25,000 Results
Women’s doubles final:
Timea Babos(HUN)/Tammi Patterson(AUS) bt (2)Jarmila Groth(AUS)/Jade Hopper(AUS) 6-3 6-2
Men’s Futures US$15,000 results:
Men’s doubles final:
(1)Brydan Klein(AUS)/Dane Propoggia(AUS) bt (2)Nima Rosha(AUS)/Rubin Statham 6-4 6-4 10-1