Merewether surfer Philippa Anderson continued an impressive start to her 2020 campaign by reaching the round of 16 at the Corona Open China.
It means Anderson, who turns 28 on Tuesday, has booked a one-on-one showdown with French national and former championship tour (CT) competitor Pauline Ado to decide who progresses to the quarter-finals at Riyue Bay this weekend.
In what is the season opening event for the World Surf League women's qualifying series (QS), worth a valuable 5000 points to the overall winner, the Novocastrian finished second in her third-round heat on Friday.
Long-time QS surfer Anderson posted a two-wave combined total of 10, made up from 5.23 and 4.73 rides, leaving her behind Japan's Mahina Maeda (10.93) but in front of fellow Australian Holly Wawn (6.46). She won her second-round heat on Tuesday.
Costa Rican CT surfer Brisa Hennessy also remains in contention on Hanian Island.
Hawaii's Coco Ho and Italy's Claire Bevilacqua will go head-to-head in the fourth round. Competition is set to get back underway on Saturday and finish by Sunday.
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