It’s Butler v Cottrell for a place in the Women’s Singles Final

by Clive Adams on June 20, 2023

Another big day of action on the Gold Coast as we wind our way towards the blockbuster final two days of the 2023 Australian Open on Thursday and Friday.

Frankland River’s Serge Ansquer played his semi-final match-up against Jake Fehlberg today and was unfortunately unsuccessful, going down 21-14 against the 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist.

The run of our Women’s Pairs combinations also came to an end with Commonwealth Games champions Kristina Krstic and Ellen Ryan falling to Brianna Smith and Emma Spicer.

Better news in the Over 60s competitions – in the Women’s event two WA linked teams progressed directly by winning their section.  Maggie Newton (Leeming) and Lily Leach (Sorrento) drew their first match, but progressed courtesy of going undefeated in the section, and Manning’s Kerry Rush combined with Victoria’s Victoria Hudson to advance winning all three matches.

Lisa Featherby and Linda Warburton have advanced to the knockouts courtesy of the second chance qualifiers, however in a quirk of the draw, the pair will meet fellow West Aussies Newton and Leach in the first knockout round tomorrow.

In the Men’s Over 60s Pairs, while none of our WA pairs won their sections today, joining our section winners from yesterday through second chance qualifying are Gordon King and Grant Nicol who get in by one shot, as well as Jim Newton and Peter Flack, and Jim Ricci with Victorian Owen Landry from yesterday’s matches.  That;s bring the WA linked total to 8 Men’s Over 60s Pairs combinations advancing to the knockouts.

More action tomorrow…

Exciting times at 9.45am Perth time tomorrow as Laura Butler stakes her claim for a place in the final of the 2023 Australian Open Women’s Singles.  Standing in her way is one of the most decorated young women in the sport, Kelsey Cottrell.  Butler is in fine form having already eliminated Bolivia Millerick, Kristina Krstic and Chloe Stewart on her way to the semi-final.

Check out the remaining Women’s Singles draw here

With Butler and Cassandra Millerick both still going in both the Singles and the Fours, some scheduling changes will need to be made, as Butler’s fours crew of Stewart, Katelyn Inch and Olivia Cartwright are due to play Millerick’s crew of sister Bolivia, Kira Bourke and Jessie Cottell.

Check out the remaining Women’s Fours draw here

The Over 60s Men’s and Women’s Pairs knockout rounds commence today with WA players, as mentioned above, littered throughout the draw.

Check out the Men’s Over 60s Pairs knockout draw here

Check out the Women’s Over 60s Pairs knockout draw here

In a jam packed Wednesday, the Under-18 Boys’ Singles sectional rounds also commence with South Perth’s Callum Alberti and Harvey’s Cam Wellington looking to make their mark.

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