Keely closer to keeping world tour spot
SURFING: Mooloolaba's Keely Andrew produced a crunch performance at the Sydney International Women's Pro on Saturday to close in on a berth in next year's world Championship Tour.
The 21-year-old snared a 6.20-point wave score with 1min30sec left in her three-surfer round-four heat to finish second with 12.17 points, behind Stephanie Single (13.27) but crucially, ahead of Laura Macauley (11.83).
She avoided elimination to progress to the latter rounds of the 6000-point event, which is the last stop on the Qualifying Series.
The top-six surfers on the season-ending QS standings, not including those who are also in the top-10 of the season-ending CT rankings, will earn berths on next year's CT.
Andrew went into the event in fifth place on the QS ratings and looking to consolidate her position.
Andrew is also in her rookie season the CT this year and is 14th on the standings on the main stage, with event left, in Hawaii, later this month.
Fellow Sunshine Coasters Dimity Stoyle and Sophie McCulloch exited the competition in round three but reigning junior world champion Isabella Nichols progressed to round four.
Nichols is due to resume on Sunday and is 18th on the QS standings.
Although she only has a small chance to get on next year's CT, she gave herself the best chance on Saturday by being selective with her waves amid small surf.
"Everyone is in the same boat when the waves slow down,” she told World Surf League.
"I just tried to stay patient for those good ones that were rarely coming through.
"Waiting that long can be pretty nerve racking but I had priority and new with right wave I could get a score, so I just waited for that right one.”