qualificationLeslie Patinama Kirkoff started the Australian Open qualifiers well. The Dutch champion won the first round in Dubai over Japanese Kurumi Nara in two groups: 6-4, 6-4.
In the next round, she will play Patinama Kirkov (No. 176 in the world ranking) against Australian Ivana Popovic (No. 362) or Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko (No. 146). The 29-year-old South Holland has yet to win two matches to reach the main tournament. It hasn’t worked in the past, but she has competed in Wimbledon (2019) and the US Open (2017). In these tournaments, Patinama Kerkove did not make it past the first round.
Arantxa Ross is the only Dutchman to have qualified for the Australian Open so far. Kiki Bertens, the number one Dutch player, was not ready for the tournament. She has an Achilles tendon injury.
The women’s qualifiers are being played in Dubai, not Melbourne due to strict quarantine measures in Australia. The main draw will not start in Melbourne until February 8th. Men finish their qualifiers in Doha.
Indy De Vroom’s performance was less fortunate. She lost to American Claire Liu in straight sets (6-7 (5) 2-6) and was excluded from participating in the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne. De Vroome sure had chances against Liu, but she made more mistakes than her opponent.
The women’s qualifiers were not played in Melbourne due to Australia’s strict quarantine measures. The main draw will not start in Melbourne until February 8th. Men finish their qualifiers in Doha.
Later on Monday, Richèl Hogenkamp, Robin Haase and Tallon Griekspoor will take part in the action.
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