Australian women embark on Wimbledon quallies
Five Aussie women will aim to emulate the success of their male compatriots when they contest the first round of Wimbledon women's qualifying on Tuesday.
A group of five Aussie women will aim to emulate the success of their male compatriots when they take to the lawns at Roehampton on Tuesday for the first round of Wimbledon women’s qualifying.
After three of our five men advanced to the second round of qualifying on Monday, Casey Dellacqua, Anastasia Rodionova, Olivia Rogowska, Ash Barty and Sacha Jones will attempt to do the same.
Dellacqua begins her campaign against Valeria Solovyeva of Russia, with the winner facing a projected second round battle with qualifying top seed Paula Ormaechea of Argentina.
Also looming in that section of the draw is Rodionova, the 13th seed.
She opens against Japan’s Erika Sema, and should she and Dellacqua both keep winning, they will meet in the final round of qualifying to fight for a main draw berth.
Barty, who won the doubles title on grass last week in Birmingham with Dellacqua, will be hoping to translate that form onto the singles court when she takes on French veteran Stephanie Foretz Gacon.
Rogowska has been dealt a tough draw in the form of Czech Petra Cetkovska, who hit a career-high mark of No.25 a year ago to this day.
Cetkovska is now down to No.171, her past 12 months marred by right ankle and left foot injuries.
Jones will face Nudnida Luangnam of Thailand in her first round match.
The main draw of the Wimbledon Championships begins on Monday 24 June.