Inglis to play Rodionova in Perth #2 opener
A rematch of the Australian Open 2016 Play-off highlights the opening round of this week's Perth Tennis International #2.
A compelling first-round encounter between local wildcard Maddison Inglis and recent Fed Cup debutant Arina Rodionova heads an impressive line-up at the $25,000 Perth Tennis International #2 which gets underway on Tuesday.
Inglis, a quarterfinalist last week in Perth, will be looking to repeat her win over Rodionova in the Australian Open 2016 Play-off final last December.
While Rodionova was a first round casualty last week, losing to No.1 seed Han Xinyun, she carries a newfound wave of confidence since she last met Inglis, following Australia’s Fed Cup win over Slovakia and her doubles quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open with sister Anastasia.
Jaimee Fourlis has received a Special Exemption entry into the main draw after taking out the Perth #1 ITF title – her first ever professional crown – last week. The talented Victorian teenager, now on an eight-match winning streak, finds herself up against China’s Lu Jing-Jing in the opening round, before facing a qualifier in the second round.
Of the remaining Australian wildcards, Lizette Cabrera plays Korean No.8 seed Han Na-Lae, while Tammi Patterson opposes Hong Kong’s Ling Zhang. Canberra’s Alison Bai faces Barbara Haas, the sixth seed from Austria.
Top seed Yang Zhaoxuan and No.2 seed Lin Zhu, both from China, each open their campaigns against qualifiers, with the winner of Inglis and Rodionova looming for Lin in the next round.
Storm Sanders is the last remaining Australian in the qualifying draw, and takes on Russian Angelina Gabueva early on Tuesday. Sanders has been in scintillating touch so far, having dropped just a single game on her way to the final round.
After winning the Perth #1 doubles title on the weekend, Ash Barty will once again team with Jess Moore. The wildcard pairing will play qualifiers Sally Peers and Katarzyna Piter in the first round, a repeat of last week’s semifinal which came down to a tightly-fought match tiebreak.
Live scoring is available through tennis.com.au/protour/scores.