Rain delays seemed to be the order of the day in the world of tennis for Australians.
Ash Barty had her fantastic semifinal win in Miami after rain delays, meanwhile, in Canberra, there was also a rain delay for the quarterfinal action.
Three of the four quarterfinals featured Australians while the remaining match was an all-Japanese matchup. At the end of the day, Abbie Myers, Priscilla Hon and Olivia Rogowska all advanced to the semifinals.
The no. 8 seed Myers defeated the no. 2 seed Irina Maria Bara from Romania 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. As the match got underway the clay was still a bit wetter than Bara thought was what they should be playing on.
The Romanian took a tumble early in the match and her shoes were caked with the red-European clay. The players would continue and it was Myers that had trouble finding her range early on.
After dropping the first set the world no. 273 Australian started getting on top of the world no. 165 and she was first into the semifinals.
Olivia Rogowska, a semifinalist last week found herself down a break early in her match against Canadian qualifier Leylah Annie Fernandez. The world no. 291 would fight back and level the score, but both players were finding it difficult to hold serve.
The first set saw six breaks of serve before a tiebreaker was needed to decide the first set. It was the Australian that raced away to take the breaker 7-2.
The Canadian world no. 405 had played a long three-set match the day before, but that she was not showing any sign of fatigue as she raced to a 6-1 win in the second set, breaking Rogowska twice while saving four break points on her serve.
In the deciding set, the Australian was able to get one break of serve that took her to a 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-3 victory.
Priscilla Hon the top seed had her match moved to court no. 10 in order to wrap up that match before the rain came again. The match was originally scheduled to follow the Myers Bara match.
Hon faced former world no. 60 from Turkey Cagla Buyukakcay. The Turkish player is currently ranked at no. 258.
The Australian was up a break early in the match only to see Buyukakcay fight back. Both players would drop serve twice before a tiebreaker was contested to decide the opening set.
Hon managed to get the first set in the bag, winning the breaker 7-5.
The second set again saw plenty of breaks of serve, it was, however, Hon that was able to break three times to her opponents two. That saw the world no. 136 claim a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory.
World no. 306 Miharu Imanishi defeated last week’s semifinalist Eri Hozumi in another long three-set match. She advanced to a semifinal match against Hon after recording a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win.
Hozumi was the 2016 champion in Canberra at the first tournament of the back-to-back tournaments that are held in March.
The semifinals, weather permitting, get underway at 11 am in Canberra.
The first semifinal is the all-Australian match between Olivia Rogowska and Abbie Myers. The second semifinal is between Hon and Imanishi and follows the doubles final.
The final will see last week’s champions Naiktha Bains from Australia and Slovakia’s Tereza Mihalikova face the all-Australian pairing that includes Canberra’s Alison Bai and the singles defending champion Jaimee Fourlis.
Fourlis was knocked out of the singles tournament by Mihalikova in round two.