Paris, France, 23 May 2014 |

Thanasi Kokkinakis, Sam Groth and James Duckworth have advanced to the final round of qualifying at Roland Garros, and each stand just one win away from a main draw berth.

The 18-year-old Kokkinakis was in sublime form against Belgian Niels Desein, thumping seven aces en route to a 6-4 6-2 victory in just 76 minutes.

He faces Croatia’s Ante Pavic for a place in the French Open main draw, where he would join fellow Aussies Lleyton Hewitt, Marinko Matosevic, Matt Ebden, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios.

Groth advanced when his Belgian opponent Maxime Authom retired in the third set when trailing 3-0; earlier Groth had been a set and a break down, but recovered to lead 4-6 6-3 3-0 before Authom pulled out.

The big-serving Aussie will next tackle Italian Simone Bolleli.

Duckworth, meanwhile, turned the tables on nemesis Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia, recovering to record a 3-6 7-5 6-3 victory.

Duckworth, who had fallen to Kavcic at both the Australian and French Opens in 2013, advances to a final round meeting with 26th seed Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania.

In women’s qualifying action, Aussie teen Storm Sanders lost her first round match to Serb Aleksandra Krunic 6-3 6-1.

Play had been suspended after the first set due to rain-plagued conditions on Wednesday, and when they returned to court on a sunnier Thursday, Krunic romped through the second set in less than half an hour.


Day 3 qualifying results

Men’s singles second round

Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) d Niels Desein (BEL) 6-4 6-2

Sam Groth (AUS) d Maxime Authom (BEL) 4-6 6-3 3-0 ret.

James Duckworth (AUS) d Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 3-6 7-5 6-3

Women’s singles first round

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d Storm Sanders (AUS) 6-3 6-1