Rogowska sends Brit packing

OLIVIA Rogowska really made it a bad summer for the British, sending Naomi Broady packing from the Launceston International yesterday.

Both had been playing good tennis before their quarter-final match-up, but the third seed completely outclassed the Brit in the first set to win 6-0 - claiming the first 10 games of the match.

Broady showed some guts and played much better to win five of the next six games to even the ledger at 5-5 in the second set, only to lose 7-5.

Rogowska is the raging favourite to win the International and will today play Japan's No. 5 seed, Eri Hozumi, in a much-anticipated semi-final.

Hozumi defeated Australian Azra Hadzic 6-7, 2-6 to advance to the next stage.

The 19-year-old Hadzic put up a competitive effort but in the end lost 13 games to eight.

Hozumi's Japanese counterpart will tackle Erika Sema, who took down China's Yuxuan Zhang in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

Meanwhile, France's Irena Pavlovic won her first set  7-6 against Russia's Elizaveta Kulichkova, before easily claiming victory in the second 6-1.

It was Kulichkova's second loss in Australia after winning the Australian Open junior championship and finishing runner-up at Burnie.

Australians Monique Adamczak and Rogowska won the only doubles match of the day over Zuzanna Zlochovan and Kamonwan Buayam 7-5, 6-2.

RESULTS -   SINGLES:  E. Hozumi d A. Hadzic 7-6 6-2, O. Rogowska d N. Broady 6-0 7-5, E. Sema d Y. Zhang 6-2 6-1, I. Pavlovic d E. Kulichkova 7-5 6-1. DOUBLES:  M. Adamczak-O. Rogowska d J. Cohen-A. Naydenova 6-2 6-1.