World number five Karen Murphy turned the $30,000 Janome NSW Open on its head today (6/10) by guiding teenage prodigy Kristina Krstic into the semi-finals of the women’s pairs at Taren Point Bowling Club.
Despite a stunning quarter-final contigent, which included no less than 12 internationals, Murphy defied the odds as she led the 15-year-old Perth high school student into the final four.
The pair will now meet Scottish international Kay Moran and WA ace Therese Hastings in Thursday’s second semi-final.
In the opposite semi-final, defending champions Lynsey Armitage and Julie Keegan remain on track to go back-to-back with the Queenslanders drawn to meet South Australia’s Penny Landherr and Kelli Wray.
“She’s an outstanding talent for a 15-year-old,” Murphy said.
“She was just incredible today and it’s scary to think how good she is going to be at 25.
“I’m really rapt that we’ve made it through to the semi-finals and we’ve got a chance to play on TV and to remain in the hunt for the title.”
Squaring off against Sam Shannahan and world number three Kelsey Cottrell, the tournament’s second seeds, in this afternoon’s fourth quarter-final, Krstic and Murphy proved too good as they posted an 8-5, 10-8 victory.
Moran and Hastings were just as emphatic as they swept their way past Australian squad members Anne Johns and Claire Duke 8-7, 10-4.
In the remaining quarter-finals, Armitage and Keegan posted a 9-4, 9-7 victory against Sharyn Renshaw and Natasha Van Eldik, while Landherr and Wray produced a 9-6, 10-8 win against Lisa Mitchell and Katrina Wright.
A multi-discipline tournament, the Janome NSW Open features pairs and fours for both men and women with $30,000 up for grabs.
The competition continues at Taren Point tomorrow and runs through to Friday, October 9, with the finals broadcast across the nation on ABC TV.
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