• Huey, partner advance in Melbourne

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    Treat Conrad Huey CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Treat Conrad Huey CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Filipino-American Treat Conrad Huey and Slovenian Andreja Klepac ousted third seeds Chan Yung-Jan of Taiwan and Rohan Bopanna of India, 6-2, 7-5, to reach the mixed doubles semifinals of the prestigious Australian Open being held in Melbourne.

    Huey and Klepac combined for 59 points including four aces in the 55-minute game.

    They also won four of six break-point opportunities and had nine unforced errors compared to their opponents’ 18.

    Huey and Klepac arranged a semifinal showdown with American Coco Vandeweghe and Romanian Horia Tecau, who also posted a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 10-6 upset win over the second-seeded Americans Bob Bryan and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

    Earlier, Huey and Klepac clobbered Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and Artem Sitak of New Zealand in the first round, 6-4, 4-6, 10-3, and Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden in the second round, 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.

    For reaching the semifinals, Huey and Klepac are already assured of $37,500 cash prize.

    In men’s doubles, Huey and new partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus lost to Daniel Nestor of Canada and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, 4-6, 4-6.

    Huey and Mirnyi made it to the quarterfinals by defeating Aliaksandr Bury of Belarus and Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (10) in the first round, Brazilians Thomaz Bellucci and Marcelo Demoliner, 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-4, in the second round, and Bopanna and Florin Mergea of Romania, 6-4, 6-3, in the third round.

    Nonetheless, Huey and Mirnyi pocketed a whopping $80,000 consolation prize.

    In juniors, Alberto Lim Jr. was not as lucky as he suffered a 4-6, 0-6 setback against Eduard Guell Bartrina of Spain in the first round.

    He connived with Youssef Hossam of Egypt in the doubles play, winning their first assignment against Rudolf Molleker of Germany and Corrado Summaria of Italy, 6-4, 3-6, 10-4, but bowed to Toru Horie of Japan and Nicola Kuhn of Germany in the next round, 4-6, 6-2, 9-11.

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