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Top seeds cruise into Futures last eight

Top seed Yannick Jankovits hits a backhand return yesterday.
Top seed Yannick Jankovits hits a backhand return yesterday. AFP

Top seeds cruise into Futures last eight

The top two seeds, Yannick Jankovits of France and Liang Chi Huang of Chinese Taipei, cruised into the quarterfinals of the $10,000 ITF Men’s Futures presented as the 20th Tep Khunnah Memorial on a day that saw last week’s runners-up Ji Hoon-son of South Korea retire from the contest after losing the first set in just 28 minutes to seventh-seeded Mathias Wunner of Germany.

It was smooth sailing for almost all seeded players, except for No3 Isamailov Temur of Uzbekistan and No6 Niesten Milaan of the Netherlands.

Vietnam’s Hoang Nam Ly sent Temur packing 6-4, 6-4, while South Korea’s Seong Kwan-kim outlasted Milaan in a 165-minute three-set battle with the final set in itself stretching out to just over an hour.

A solitary break settled the 52-minute first set in favour of Jankovits against South Korea’s Hyun Woo-nam, who was completely blown out in the second as the Frenchman drove his rival all over the court.

On an adjacent court, Huang, who is seeded to face Jankovits in the final, packed too strong a punch for veteran Katsushi Fukuda’s comfort, with the wild card from Japan showing lot of pluck in the first set in that 6-3, 6-1 defeat.

The most gripping encounter of the day was the one between the GLF Open winner Soon Woo-kwon of South Korea and American rival Mico Santiago.

The Korean teenager was forced out of a tight first set tie-break by Santiago, but the 17-year-old took control of the court midway through the second set and played a flawless final set to find his place in the last eight. Kwon’s 6-7, 6-4, 6-0 win lasted two hours and 22 minutes.

In other matches, fourth seed Cheong Eui Kim of Korea easily had the measure of Kuan Yi Lee of Chinese Taipei 6-1, 6-4, while fifth seed Richard Gabb of Great Britain had an easy time against Jae-min Seol in a 6-2, 6-2 victory.

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