Saville causes Wimbledon quallies upset
Former top-ranked junior Luke Saville has produced one of the biggest wins of his career by ousting top seed Thomaz Bellucci in Wimbledon qualifying.
Former top-ranked junior Luke Saville has produced one of the biggest wins of his career by ousting top seed Thomaz Bellucci in Wimbledon qualifying on Monday.
Saville was one of four Australians progressing to the second round in qualifying for next week’s grasscourt Grand Slam.
Sam Groth, James Duckworth and Alex Bolt joined Saville in moving a step closer to a place in the Wimbledon men’s draw.
Saville, 20, defied his ranking of No.233 to down Brazilian world No.100 Bellucci 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1.
The former junior Wimbledon and Australian Open champion will next face American Rhyne Williams in his quest for a second Grand Slam main draw berth.
Big-serving Groth defeated Brit Edward Corrie 6-3 7-6(2), while Duckworth beat Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero 7-6(9) 6-2.
Bolt ousted Slovakian 17th seed Norbert Gombos 7-5 6-4.
All are bidding to join Lleyton Hewitt, Marinko Matosevic, Matt Ebden, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios in the main draw from Monday.
John-Patrick Smith, Ben Mitchell and Matt Reid were all first-round causalities.
Women’s qualifying begins on Tuesday with Ash Barty, Anastasia Rodionova and Olivia Rogowska attempting to join Sam Stosur, Casey Dellacqua and Jarmila Gajdosova in the main draw.
MEN’S SINGLES – SECOND ROUND
Alex Bolt (AUS) v Agustin Velotti (ARG)
 Sam Groth (AUS) v Jonathan Eysseric (FRA)
James Duckworth (AUS) v  Farrukh Dustov (UZB)
Luke Saville (AUS) v Rhyne Williams (USA)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
 Olivia Rogowska (AUS) v Irina Falconi (USA)
Ash Barty (AUS) v Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR)
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) v Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
MEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Luke Saville (AUS) d  Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 6-3 6-3
 Sam Groth (AUS) d Edward Corrie (GBR) 6-3 7-6(2)
Alex Bolt (AUS) d Norbert Gombos (SVK) 7-5 6-4
James Duckworth (AUS) d Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) 7-6(9) 6-2
Germaine Gigounon (BEL) d Matt Reid (AUS) 7-5 7-6(8)
 Farrukh Dustov (UZB) d John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 7-6(7) 3-6 6-3
Marius Copil (ROU) d Ben Mitchell (AUS) 6-3 6-3