Seoul (South Korea), Sep 29 : Second seed Cameron Norrie made a winning start at the Korea Open Tennis Championships, cruising past Japanese wild card Kaichi Uchida 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals, here on Thursday.
In a strong serving display, the Briton fired eight aces and did not face a break point en route to his 63-minute victory.He has now advanced to 11 tour-level quarterfinals this season, holding a 46-23 record on the year.
“It feels great.Especially to wake up early this morning as I was a bit let lagged.It was nice to get up early and get it done in straight sets,” Norrie said.
“I felt that the conditions suited me well.It was pretty hot, so I like that.
It was a tough match but I was able to win some close games and get a couple of breaks each set, so it was a good day for me overall,” he added.
The 27-year-old is currently 11th in the ATP Live Race To Turin.
The four-time tour-level titlist will be aiming for a deep run at the ATP 250 hard-court event as he looks to boost his chances of qualifying for the ATP Finals, to be held in Turin from November 13-20.
Norrie will next face eighth seed Jenson Brooksby after the American downed South Korean Soonwoo Kwon 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 33 minutes.
Brooksby is seeking his maiden tour-level title this week in Seoul, having enjoyed runs to the final in Dallas and Atlanta earlier this season.The 21-year-old is up four places to No.42 in the ATP Live Rankings following his 24th tour-level win of the year.
In other action, American lucky loser Aleksandar Kovacevic continued his dream run, eliminating Chun-Hsin Tseng 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-2.
The 24-year-old Kovacevic, who is making his tour-level debut this week, will play countryman Mackenzie McDonald in the quarter-finals.McDonald cr’ised past Japan’s Shintaro Mochizuki 6-3, 6-4 in 90 minutes.
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