After Robin Haas and Tim van Reethoven, four more Dutch tennis players reached the second round of the Australian Open qualifiers on Tuesday. Jesper de Jong, Arianne Hartono, Indy de Vroome and Richèl Hogenkamp won their first match in Melbourne in three sets. Only Leslie Patinama Kerkhove got stuck in the first round.
De Jong beat Australian Akira Santillan in three sets, who entered the playoffs with a wild card: 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Hartono also wrote off 17-year-old Australian Talia Gibson: 4-6 6-4 6-1. De Vroome also needed three sets to beat Urszula Radwaska of Poland: 7-5, 1-6, 7-5. Hugenkamp defeated German 20th seed Anna-Lena Friedsam 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.
Patinama Kerkhove is the only Dutch player to be eliminated from the first preliminary round. She lost 7-5, 6-2 to the CNY.
Three wins are needed to reach the Australian Open main draw. De Jong will meet again with the Australian wildcard, 17-year-old Edward Winter, in the second round. Hartono will face Belgium’s Jessalin Bonaventura, de Froome will face Dalma Galvi of Hungary, and Hugenkamp will face Australian Lisette Cabrera.
Botic van de Zandschulp, Tallon groenpoor and Arantxa Rus were placed directly in the Australian Open based on their positions in the world rankings. The first of the four Grand Slam tournaments of the year begins next Monday.
Ross was knocked out in the first round at the WTA tournament in Sydney on Monday by Czech Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova, but reached the quarter-finals in doubles with her Australian partner Astra Sharma. They defeated the Australian duo 6-2, 6-0 within 50 minutes.
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