Australian Open 2015: Stan the Man into the Quarterfinals

January 26th at Rob Laver Arena saw world No. 4 Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour GSHT-PRO) take one more step towards his second Australian Open title, beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and securing a quarterfinal matchup against Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

The match commenced with a tense first set, as the two exchanged breaks in attempts to one-up the other. Running into a tiebreaker, it was Stan who won the 54 minute opening act. Set 2 proceeded swiftly in the Swiss’ favor, requiring a just a single break to secure a two-set lead. The third set proved to be more of a challenge, with the world No. 37 Spaniard taking the match into a fourth set. Even more intense than the opening outing, the fourth set saw both players once again continue to get the edge over the other at every turn in. Going into yet another tiebreaker, Stan came back from a tense 0-5 deficit, moving up to 2-6, and proceeded to save four consecutive set points to eventually win the match. Winning a staggering 15 aces and 70 winners, Stan took the match with a final score of 7-6(2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(8).

Stan continues to use the SHT-PRO. Featuring all new colors for 2015, YONEX’s SHT-PRO tennis shoes feature technology tailored to enhance and make movement stress-free. Fitted with the POWER CUSHION, YONEX tennis shoes absorb the shock on one’s feet, and provide a continuous transfer of energy during movement. Furthermore, the 3-Layer POWER CUSHION  provides increased absorption where it counts, allowing players to use energy more efficiently.

Meanwhile, Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR PRO 125SHT-PRO) is into the mixed doubles quarterfinals with partner Leander Paes, after a victory over Anabel Medina Garrigues and Pablo Andujar. The pair needed only 51 minutes to dispatch the opposing pair in straight sets at 6-3, 6-1 with two aces and 26 winners, breaking their opponents four times. Girls’ singles saw un-seeded Victoria Kuzmova (VCORE Si 100POLYTOUR PRO 125)of Slovakia win against No. 7 seed Naiktha Bains with a 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 scoreline, landing seven aces and 26 winners. Russia’s Anastasia Gasanova (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR PRO 125) beat Violet Apisah with a tight final score of 7-5, 7-5.

The Australian Open’s final week promises exciting things on the horizon for Team YONEX, with local rising star Nick Kyrgios (EZONE Ai 98POLYTOUR PRO 120) facing off against Andy Murray today, and Stan meeting up with Kei Nishikori tomorrow for spots in the semifinals.

2015 Australian Open Tournament Results

Men’s Singles (Round 4)

[4] Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour GSHT-PRO) (SUI) def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 7-6(2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(8)

Mixed Doubles (Round 2)

[7] Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR PRO 125SHT-PRO)(SUI)/Leander Paes (IND) def. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)/Pablo Andujar (ESP)  6-3, 6-1

Su-Wei Hsieh (RDS002 Tour, POLYTOUR PRO 130, TOUR SUPER SOLID-X 125)/Pablo Cuevas (URU) def. Kai-Chen Chang (TPE)/Ze Zhang (CHN) 3-6, 6-3, 10-6

Girls’ Singles (Round 2)

Victoria Kuzmova (VCORE Si 100POLYTOUR PRO 125) def. [7] Naiktha Bains (AUS) 6-0,3-6,6-1

Anastasia Gasanova (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR PRO 125) def. Violet Apisah (AUS) 7-5, 7-5