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17/04/2012 3:20:15 p.m.

Dan King-Turner reached the singles final of the US$15,000 ITF Men’s Futures Event in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei over the weekend.

King-Turner had an impressive run to the final, after edging out his doubles partner John Millman of Australia in a third set tiebreak in the second round, King-Turner went on to knock out top seed James Ward (GBR) who is currently ranked at 153 in the world in the quarterfinals 7-6(5) 6-4.

The Kiwi who is currently unranked after injury forced him out of most of 2011, beat Liang-Chi Huang (TPE) in the semi-finals. In the final, King-Turner faced second seed and former world number 77 Danai Udomchoke of Thailand. Udomchoke won the final 6-4 6-4.

Meanwhile Jose ‘Rubin’ Statham (below), fresh from winning the singles title at the first US$10,000 Men’s Futures circuit in Vietnam the week before. In the second event of the circuit, Statham reached the singles quarterfinals and took out the doubles title with partner Dane Propoggia of Australia. The pair beat Constantin Belot and Kevin Botti of France 6-4 6-1 in the final.

FellowKiwi Marvin Barker (below) reached the quarterfinals of the US$15,000 Men’s Futures Event in Oklahoma. Barker had two close three set matches in the first two rounds. Barker lost to eventual runner up Pedro Zerbini (BRA) 4-6 4-6 in the quarterfinals.

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