Kyrgios, Rodionova win US qualifying openers
Nick Kyrgios and Anastasia Rodionova each scored wins on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows to advance to the second round of US Open qualifying.
Young Australian talent Nick Kyrgios has progressed to the second round of US Open qualifying after a straight-set victory over compatriot Greg Jones.
Joining him among the Aussie winners on Day 2 of qualifying in New York was Anastasia Rodionova, who brushed aside American Irina Falconi.
The 18-year-old Kyrgios, from Canberra, bested Jones 6-4 6-4 on Wednesday, setting up a second round meeting with No.9 seed Joao Souza of Brazil.
Rodionova, the 13th seed, romped to a 6-4 6-1 victory in just one hour and 13 minutes, keeping alive her campaign to qualify for the US Open women’s main draw for the second straight year.
Meanwhile, the four other Aussie women in action on Wednesday were bundled out of the event at the first hurdle.
Sacha Jones fought hard to claim the opening set of her match against 24th seed Pauline Parmentier of France, yet ultimately fell 5-7 6-1 6-1 in 90 minutes.
Arina Rodionova went down 6-4 6-1 to Brit Samantha Murray, while Storm Sanders, playing in her first Grand Slam event outside Australia, lost by an identical scoreline to Nigina Abduraimova of Uzbekistan.
Monique Adamczak found the going tough against second seed Sharon Fichman of Canada, falling 6-3 6-0.
On Thursday, Kyrgios and Rodionova will play their second round matches, as will our Aussie winners from Day 1 – Casey Dellacqua, Olivia Rogowska and Matt Reid.