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Svrcina and Harris in good form as the Zhuhai Championships get underway

The championships, an ATP 250 event, are being held at the Hengqin International Tennis Centre and mark the return of international tennis to China.

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The championships, an ATP 250 event, are being held at the Hengqin International Tennis Centre and mark the return of international tennis to China.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 8:14 am

Czech tennis player Dalibor Svrcina captured his second tour-level win on Wednesday, defeating Chinese wild card Li Zhe 6-4, 6-3 at the ATP’s Zhuhai Championships.

The 20-year-old Svrcina, who also clinched a tour-level victory at the Australian Open in January, committed just five unforced errors throughout the 91-minute clash and struck 18 winners to reach the second round of the ATP 250 event.

A good showing in Zhuhai will further boost the Czech’s chances of qualifying for the Next Gen ATP Finals. He will next face Australian qualifier Luke Saville or fifth seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry.

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In other action, 26-year-old South African Lloyd Harris downed Czech Jiri Vesely 6-4, 6-2, firing 19 aces in the 71-minute match.

Harris will go on to face Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, who defeated Frenchman Terence Atmane 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 to earn his eighth first-round win of the season.

The Zhuhai Championships mark the return of international tennis to China after a long pandemic-related hiatus, and take place until 26 September at the state-of-the-art Hengqin International Tennis Centre.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 8:14 am

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