Aussie women to kick off Roland Garros campaigns
Five Australian women will aim for the French Open main draw when they take to the court on Wednesday in Paris for the first round of women's qualifying.
Five Australian women will attempt to make their way into the French Open main draw when they take to the court on Wednesday in Paris for the first round of women’s qualifying.
The contingent includes Anastasia Rodionova, Casey Dellacqua, Olivia Rogowska, Sacha Jones and Monique Adamczak.
Rodionova, the 20th seed in qualifying, begins against Austria’s Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, hoping to improve on her form that has seen her go 1-4 on clay in Europe this season.
The Melbourne-based Rodionova knows how to win at Roland Garros, having reached the third round in both 2010 and 2011.
Should she win her opener she could face a second round battle with Rogowska, who has drawn Valeria Solovyeva of Russia as her first round opponent.
Rogowska is another player who has enjoyed success in the French capital, having upset Maria Kirilenko on her way to the second round as a wildcard in 2009 aged just 17.
Dellacqua arrives in Paris with little preparation under her belt, and will take on the 196th-ranked Ana Vrljic of Croatia, a veteran on the tour at age 28.
The Western Australian is a veteran herself, having played at Roland Garrossince 2006 and reaching the last 32 in 2008.
Last year in the first round, Dellacqua won the opening set against Sara Errani, who went on to reach the final.
In other matches, Monique Adamczak has drawn a tough opponent in the form of No.24-seeded Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, while Sacha Jones takes on Canadian Stephanie Dubois.