An Australian will be in the final of the ACT Clay Court International after Olivia Gadecki and Kimberly Birrell booked a semifinal berth where they will face each other.
They took different paths to claim quarterfinal victories.
First Gadecki quickly wrapped up her match 6-3, 6-1 against Korea’s Han Na-Lae.
Birrell instead slogged out a 6-2, 6-7(7), 6-4 victory that took 3 hours 41 minutes. Gadecki took just 1 hour 30 minutes to claim her victory.
In the other quarterfinals, the Australians were defeated.
Ellen Perez lost to Japan’s Kurumi Nara 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.
Jaimee Fourlis was defeated by Japan’s Moyuka Uchijima 7-5, 6-4. Fourlis was serving for the first set at 5-4 and was up a break in the second.
The semifinals see the two Australians face each other after the two Japanese players take to the court.
Nara leads the head-to-head 1-0 against Uchijima.
Gadecki is looking to win her first title at this level. She has won a W25 and W15 (clay) in 2021.
Birrell has won the $60,000 Darwin title in 2018 and the $25,000 Brisbane title in 2017, both titles on hard courts.
Gadecki leads the head-to-head with two wins over Birrell in 2022, both coming in the first round on hard courts, both wins coming in tight three-set matches.
Uchijima has won five titles at W25 and W15 levels, all on hard courts.
The 30-year-old Nara has won 7 titles on various surfaces including the $80,000 Gifu title in 2018, that being her last ITF title.
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