Trio surge into AO main draw showdown
Blake Mott, Olivia Rogowska and Alex Bolt have all booked their place in the final Australian Open qualifying round.
Despite the rain drenching Melbourne Park a trio of home players moved to within one victory of the main draw at Australian Open 2017.
Blake Mott has been in stunning form and dismissed 14th seed Tobias Kamke with a commanding performance.
Melbourne’s very own won 82 per cent of net points and managed to succeed with 74 per cent of points of his first serve to produce a 6-2 6-4 triumph. His reward is a contest with Ireland’s James McGee on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Alex Bolt carried on the surge for the green and gold.
The world No.631 defied his ranking to navigate past Matthias Bachinger 6-4 7-6(5) courtesy of 10 aces and a staggering 41 winners.
Bolt will have to replicate such a fine display in his final qualifying clash, facing the veteran Frenchman Julien Benneteau.
Olivia Rogowska is also a win away from clinching a spot in her home Grand Slam.
Another Melbourne resident, who has reached the second round here twice, was doing the damage on return as she acquired 20 break opportunities.
Having recovered from her marathon victory on Thursday, Rogowska progressed past Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2 3-6 6-2 to continue flying the flag.
Rogowska will contend with sixth seed Julia Boserup in front of her home crowd hoping to prolong her Australian Open journey.