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A PLETHORA OF AUSSIES IN ACTION IN DOHA, DUBAI

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
12/01/2021
18:10 PM

Seven Aussies advanced to the second round of Australian Open qualifying, whilst seven were knocked out on day two of qualifying action. 

Teenage trio Olivia Gadecki, Tristan Schoolkate and Dane Sweeny shared a special moment on day two, all claiming their maiden grand slam-level wins. The trio have been living together in Brisbane for five months and all advanced to the second round of qualifying with fantastic wins. 

In Dubai, 18 year old Gadecki served seven aces to claim one of the biggest scalps in her career to date, rallying from a set and a break down to eventually overcome world no.246 Lara Salden 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and ten minutes.

Over in Doha, 19 year old Dane Sweeny also claimed a major scalp, defeating Romanian Marius Copil 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3 in a nail biting encounter. Sweeny will now move through to the final round of qualifying after his second round opponent Denis Kudla was forced to withdraw from the tournament after testing positive to COVID-19. 

The final member of their household Tristan Schoolkate put in a convincing showing, swiftly defeating world no.166 Guido Andreozzi 7-6(1), 6-4. Schoolkate will now face fellow Aussie Bernard Tomic, who defeated 14th seed Jozef Kovalik 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Andrew Harris, who is hoping to compete in his second successive Australian Open main draw opened his campaign with an impressive 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win over 32 year old Ruben Bemelmans. Harris will now face the second seed in the draw - Hugo Dellien.

31 year old John-Patrick Smith was also on the winners list, advancing with a convincing 7-5, 6-1 victory over 25th seed Paolo Lorenzi. Smith will now face Tallon Griekspoor, who defeated Australian Harry Bourchier 7-6(6), 6-3.

Max Purcell, who qualified for the main draw of his home slam in 2020 kicked off his 2021 campaign in similar fashion, capping off a fantastic day for the Aussies by downing Frenchman Hugo Gaston 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3 to set up a second round clash with Russian Aslan Karatsev.

Unfortunately the results weren't as sweet for six Aussie women in Dubai, with Storm Sanders, Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz, Alexandra Bozovic, Ivana Popovic, Abbie Myers and Seone Mendez all bowing out on day two.

Day three is set to be just as busy for our Aussies, with nine in action. 

In Doha, John-Patrick Smith, Max Purcell, Andrew Harris, Bernard Tomic and Tristan Schoolkate will all be in action again and will need to replicate yesterdays form if they are destined for the main draw.

Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler will also be in action after a day off. Hijikata will face 11th seed Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, whilst Jason Kubler will come up against Ukrainian veteran Sergiy Stakhovsky.

In Doha, Olivia Gadecki will also have to go back to back, taking on American Whitney Osuigwe. Ellen Perez will be back in action after a day off, up against American Varvara Lepchenko.