Arina Rodionova one match from Open main draw
Arina Rodionova is the last local hope left in the Australian Open singles qualifying tournament.
Arina Rodionova is the last local hope left in the Australian Open singles qualifying tournament after the rest of her compatriots fell at Melbourne Park on Friday.
Melbourne-based Rodionova won a tough two-hour three-setter against Spain’s Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-3 1-6 6-3 to move to within one victory of the women’s singles main draw.
She will play Portugal’s Maria Joao Koehler, ranked 128 in the world, with the winner going into the Open which starts on Monday.
Rodionova’s sister Anastasia was among several Australian casualties in qualifying.
After coming through in three sets on Thursday, the elder Rodionova was overcome in another two-hour-plus marathon by Russian Valeria Savinykh 7-6(5) 4-6 6-2.
Koehler saw off Melbourne’s Tammi Patterson in straight sets, while Sydney’s Monique Adamczak couldn’t repeat her gutsy three-set win of Thursday, losing 6-2 6-3 to Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan.
In the men’s draw, Australians Matt Reid, Matthew Barton and Adam Feeney were all unable to move on.