Teenage giant-slayer Lisa Phillips has turned the BCiB Queensland Open on its head after eliminating world number five and tournament favourite Kelsey Cottrell from the main draw at the Bribie Island Bowls Club today (25/7).
During an engrossing affair, the 17-year-old, who hails from Yallourn in country Victoria, took the match up to the 2007 champion, matching her bowl for bowl as she booked a quarter-final showdown with South Australia’s Kelli Wray at the $40,000 grand prix.
Despite Cottrell’s superstar billing at the tournament, Phillips played the tie-break of her life as she secured an 8-9, 8-7, 3-0 upset, delighting the fans with a ‘’come on” that even little Lleyton would have been proud of.
Phillips was one of three teenagers to progress through to the final eight, with NSW’s Sarah Boddington and Sarah Vesenjak also successful, along with former international stars Maria Rigby (Australia), Carmen Anderson (Norfolk Island) and Kay Moran (Scotland).
Tasmania’s Rebecca Quail rounds out the quarter-finalists, with the defending champion now just three wins away from going back-to-back.
In the men’s draw, a dream final between 2008 champion Leif Selby, the world number two, and reigning title holder Ash Klose remains a distinct possibility as the pair fought their way through dogged tie-breakers this afternoon.
Having missed last year’s tournament on international duties, Selby revived his campaign with a come-from-behind 7-10, 9-1, 4-3 win against Pine Rivers’ Aaron Hewson to stretch his winning streak to 14 across all disciplines at the tournament.
The three-time world champion will now meet face former Australian teammate and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mark Jacobsen in tomorrow first quarter-final, but looming on the same side of the draw is world number nine Anthony Kiepe and last year’s runner-up, Alex Murtagh.
Queensland’s Paul Jopson and Sean Baker will go head-to-head, while fellow Maroon Jamie Anderson is pitted against Klose, the South Australian left-hander, in the remaining quarter-final.
Staged over six days, the BCiB Queensland Open features singles, pairs and triples for both men and women and doubles as a qualifier for the 2011 Australian Open.
The action continues tomorrow with the opening rounds of the men’s and women’s triples before culminating on Thursday, July 29.