Kiwi King-Turner's run of 9 wins ended
Sun, 22 Jul 2012 11:52a.m.
New Zealand's Dan King-Turner's run of singles victories has come to an end at the semi-finals of the Binghampton Challenger in New York.
Davis Cup player King-Turner had been on a roll of nine consecutive victories after winning a qualifying match and the title of the Saskatoon Futures last week, then through to the semis at Binghampton.
However, on Sunday morning (NZT) he found American veteran Michael Yani too tough to handle. Yani, ranked 261, won the match 7-5 6-4 in one hour 28 minutes.
King-Turner served 12 aces against his opponent's one, but had his serve broken three times and scored one back against Yani.
In the end it was the shot making and rallying from the baseline that appeared to be the vital factor for Yani as he moved into the final.
The Kiwi should see his ATP ranking rise from 564 to around inside the top 400 as a result of his last two weeks' effort, Tennis NZ said.
For King-Turner it was his second career Challenger semi-final, the first being at Pozoblanxo, Spain in July 2010.
Meanwhile in Belgium at the 42,500 euro Challenger Grez-Doiceau fellow Davis Cup player, Artem Sitak lost his doubles semi-final. Sitak and Dutchman Tomas Schoorel were beaten 6-4 6-4 by the Argentinian pair of Facundo Bagnis and Pablo Galdon.
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