Queensland player John Millman grimaces in the humid conditions as he returns serve during yesterday’s 6-3 6-3 second round victory over Gavin Van Peperzeel at Ipswich’s George Alder Tennis Centre. Finals are scheduled this weekend.
Queensland player John Millman grimaces in the humid conditions as he returns serve during yesterday’s 6-3 6-3 second round victory over Gavin Van Peperzeel at Ipswich’s George Alder Tennis Centre. Finals are scheduled this weekend. Claudia Baxter

Barty remains in contention

IN steamy conditions and with more rain threatening, the elite players faced testing conditions in Ipswich yesterday.

Playing on softer than usual clay added to the challenge.

However, tournament organisers were hopeful scheduled finals today and tomorrow can be completed as planned in the $40,000 City of Ipswich Tennis International at Leichhardt.

Among those still in contention after yesterday's round 16 matches was Ipswich hope Ashleigh Barty. The unseeded junior Wimbledon champion eliminated third seed Sacha Jones 6-2 5-7 6-2.

In yesterday's round 16 men's matches, sixth seed Queenslander Isaac Frost retired against New Zealander Logan McKenzie at one set all.

Second seed James Lemke and fourth seed Jason Kubler advanced into the quarter finals which started last night.

Eighth seed John Millman wore down regular Ipswich tournament challenger Gavin Van Peperzeel 6-3 6-3.

A full day's play was lost on Thursday due to the rain.

However, tournament director Ty Allen was optimistic the prestigious event could be completed this weekend.

"It's frustrating but you get a day like this and it's matches, matches and more matches," he said.

The women's final is set down for 11am tomorrow before the men's final at 1pm.

A free Hot Shots program for the kids is planned today between 10am and 2pm.

The George Alder Tennis Centre is in Ernest Street, Leichhardt.



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