Storm Sanders keeps Roland Garros qualifying hopes alive

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Australia’s Storm Sanders has scored her career-first singles win at Roland Garros to maneuver into the second spherical of qualifying.

Paris, France, 26 Might 2021 | Leigh Rogers

Storm Sanders has achieved many new milestones on the singles court docket up to now this season. From a career-high rating of No.161 to a breakthrough top-30 win and WTA-level quarterfinal look, the 26-year-old Australian can now add a primary win at Roland Garros to her rising listing of achievements.

Sanders’ brimming confidence confirmed in a first-round victory in opposition to No.24 seed Katarzyna Kawa in Paris, defeating the world No.136 from Poland in straight units.

Needing solely 65 minutes, Sanders recorded a 6-3 6-1 win to maintain her dream of qualifying at Roland Garros alive.

Sanders, who’s making solely her second singles look at Roland Garros and a primary since she contested qualifying as a 19-year-old in 2014, faces Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay within the subsequent spherical.

Sanders’ victory was a spotlight in what was in any other case a difficult day for our Aussie hopes in qualifying.

Olivia Gadecki confirmed promise in her Roland Garros debut, with the 19-year-old from Queensland taking the opening set in opposition to world No.172 Anastasia Gasanova. The Russian fought again, nonetheless, to win in three units.

Fellow Queenslanders Lizette Cabrera and Priscilla Hon each misplaced their opening-round matches in straight units.

In males’s qualifying singles motion, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Matt Ebden’s campaigns each ended within the opening spherical.

Ninth-seeded American Mackenzie McDonald scored a 6-4 6-4 victory in opposition to Kokkinakis, snapping the momentum the 25-year-old South Australian had constructed final week in profitable his first title in three years.

McDonald hit 30 winners to Kokkinakis’ 19 within the 85-minute match, exhibiting the shape that has helped him attain as excessive as No.57 on the planet rankings and twice advance to the fourth spherical at a Grand Slam event.

Ebden misplaced a troublesome battle in opposition to Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo. Regardless of hitting extra winners and displaying unimaginable contact on the web, the 33-year-old Australian couldn’t shut out victory.

Second-round qualifying matches start in Paris tonight, with Australians Marc Polmans and Ellen Perez each opening the schedule from 6.30pm AEST.

Aussies in motion – Roland Garros

RESULTS
Ladies’s singles qualifying, first spherical
Storm Sanders (AUS)
d [24] Katarzyna Kawa (POL) 6-3 6-1
[32] Wang Xiyu (CHN) d Lizette Cabrera (AUS) 6-2 6-1
Francesca Di Lorenzo (USA) d Priscilla Hon (AUS) 7-5 6-3 
Anastasia Gasanova (RUS) d [WC] Olivia Gadecki (AUS) 4-6 6-0 6-1

Males’s singles qualifying, first spherical
[9] Mackenzie McDonald (USA) d Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-4 6-4
Alejandro Tabilo (CHI) d Matthew Ebden (AUS) 4-6 6-3 6-4

COMING UP
Ladies’s singles qualifying, second spherical
Storm Sanders (AUS) v Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR)
Ellen Perez (AUS) v Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)

> VIEW: Roland Garros ladies’s singles qualifying draw

Males’s singles qualifying, second spherical
[31] Marc Polmans (AUS) v [WC] Arthur Fils (FRA)
Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)

> VIEW: Roland Garros males’s singles qualifying draw

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