SEVEN AUSSIES ADVANCE IN ROLAND GARROS QUALIFYING

The results were mixed for our 12 Australians competing in the first round of French Open qualifying action, with seven navigating their way into the second round and five bundled out in the first.


On the men's side, three Aussies graced the clay of Roland Garros.


Sydneysider Aleksandar Vukic, who is the 18th seed and the highest-ranked Australian in the men's qualifying draw picked up an impressive 7-5, 6-4 win over Spaniard Mario Vilella Martinez, edging a step closer to qualifying for the Roland Garros main draw.


Vukic sent six aces past Vilella Martinez and hit 23 winners to claim victory, setting up a second-round meeting with Austrian Sebastian Ofner, who can be remembered for his run to the third round of Wimbledon in 2017.


The Australian has impressed in recent years in Paris, qualifying for the main draw of the French Open in 2020 - where he beat Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz en route to qualifying. Vukic also reached the final round of qualifying last year but fell at the final hurdle to American Bjorn Fratangelo.


28-year-old Jason Kubler continued his impressive season by claiming a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Italian Riccardo Bonadio, moving into the second round of qualifying in Paris for the second time in his career.

Kubler is now presented with a tough assignment in No. 6 seed Radu Albot, who has reached the second round of the main draw in Paris on three occasions.


Max Purcell suffered a heartbreaking defeat on Monday, going down to Portugal's Pedro Sousa 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-7(8).


On the women's side, nine Aussies graced the Perusian clay, with five advancing.


Arina Rodionova collected a 6-2, 6-4 victory over American Emina Bektas as she aims to reach the French Open main draw for the second time in her career after being awarded a wildcard back in 2016.

Next up, Rodionova will face No. 21 seed Cristina Bucsa.


24-year-old Priscilla Hon, who reached the second round of main draw action in 2019 kicked off her qualifying campaign with a win, defeating American Francesca Di Lorenzo 6-4, 6-4.

Hon will now take on Russia's Anastasia Gasanova in the second round of qualifying action.


Just a day after her 23rd birthday, Seone Mendez also advanced, picking up her second career win in slam qualifying, coming from a set down to defeat Georgia's Miriam Bolkvadze 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.


Mendez now faces American Caroline Dolehide as she continues her quest to reach her maiden slam main draw.


22-year-old Jaimee Fourlis, who is aiming to reach her second career main draw in Paris was also on the winner's list, taking down Italian Federica Di Sarra 7-6(7), 6-3.

Fourlis came from a break down four times to clinch the first set, which went a long way in her claiming victory. The Aussie will now face No. 20 seed Reka Luca Jani from Hungary in the second round.


Lizette Cabrera capped off the impressive results for our Aussies with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Frenchwoman Emeline Dartron.


She will now face No. 31 seed Mirjam Bjorklund from Sweden.


20-year-old Olivia Gadecki, who has experienced a meteoric rise in the last 12 months was pipped on day one of qualifying action, going down to American No. 17 seed Hailey Baptiste 7-5, 3-6, 5-7.


Ellen Perez also suffered defeat, edged by Swisswoman Susan Bandecchi 4-6, 2-6 on Tuesday.


No. 18 seed Maddison Inglis, who was the highest-ranked Aussie in the women's qualifying draw was bundled out in the first round, suffering a 2-6, 2-6 defeat to Dutchwoman Suzan Lamens.


Storm Sanders also exited, going down No. 3 seed Zhu Lin 4-6, 4-6 on Monday.


Vukic, Kubler, Rodionova, Hon, Mendez, Fourlis and Cabrera will all be in action on Wednesday in Paris as they continue their bid to reach the main draw.