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Kim Birrell and Olivia Gadecki [WC] enjoyed a strong 6-0, 6-3 victory over Varvara Gracheva and Sabrina Santamaria, as Destanee Aiava and Maddison Inglis [WC] overcame Martina Trevisan and Elisabetta Cocciaretto 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.


For 23-year-old Aiava, it is a first Grand Slam main draw victory in singles or doubles after eight unsuccessful attempts.


James McCabe and Dane Sweeny [WC] were valiant in a 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2 loss to 7th seeds Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski of Poland, as were Priscilla Hon and Talia Gibson [WC] who suffered a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Linda Noskova and Xiyu Wang


Tuesday’s all-Aussie clash saw Taylah Preston and Arina Rodionova [WC] defeat Astra Sharma and Kaylah McPhee [WC] 7-6(4), 7-6(0), whilst Aleks Vukic and partner Nuno Borges overcame Gonzalo Escobar / Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6[10-7].


For 18-year-old Preston, it was a first main draw victory at a major in any format – with many more to come for the rising Aussie star.


Storm Hunter, who progressed to the third round in singles today, also won through with Katerina Siniakova as the 3rdseeds, defeating Camila Osorio and Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 7-5.


A further twenty Aussies are in action tomorrow, across men’s, women’s, and the commencement of mixed doubles.


The schedule is highlighted by Court 6 action where John Millman will contest his final Grand Slam event alongside Edward Winter from 11am, before defending champions Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata will conclude play in front of the ‘court-side bar’.


Second seeds Matt Ebden and Rohan Bopanna will face wildcard pairing James Duckworth and Marc Polmans second up on Court 8 before Ebden will join forces later on with Storm Hunter, as #1 seeds in the mixed draw.



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