Rogowska, Cabrera and Smith set for Roland Garros qualifying
Three Australians - Olivia Rogowska, Lizette Cabrera and John-Patrick Smith - begin their French Open qualifying campaign tonight.
After almost earning a wildcard into the French Open draw, Olivia Rogowska now turns her attention to her qualifying campaign in Paris tonight.
The 26-year-old world No.154, who was a finalist in Tennis Australia’s French Open wildcard play-off at the weekend, is one of three Australians in first round action on day two of qualifying (from 6pm AEST).
Rogowska, along with Lizette Cabrera and John-Patrick Smith, is aiming to join Thanasi Kokkinakis, Bernard Tomic and Akira Santillan in the second round.
Australians in qualifying matches today –
John-Patrick Smith (AUS) v Corentin Denolly (FRA)
Court 7, first match
Back in the world’s top 200 for the first time in six months after consistent performances on the ATP Challenger Tour, John-Patrick Smith faces French wildcard Corentin Denolly in the first round of qualifying. The 29-year-old Smith, ranked No.197, has an edge in experience against his 20-year-old No.427-ranked opponent.
Olivia Rogowska (AUS) v Kathinka Von Deichmann (LIE)
Court 13, fourth match
Aiming to earn a third appearance in a French Open main draw, Rogowska begins her qualifying campaign against world No.190 Kathinka Von Deichmann. The 24-year-old from Liechtenstein arrives in Paris on a five-match winning streak, having recently won an ITF $25K title on clay in Germany.
Lizette Cabrera (AUS) v Junri Namigata (JPN)
Court 16, fifth match
World No.157 Lizette Cabrera has drawn Japanese veteran Junri Namigata in the first round of qualifying. This is the 20-year-old from Queensland’s first career meeting against Namigata, a 35-year-old ranked No.210.
Arina Rodionova, Priscilla Hon and Destanee Aiava are scheduled to play their first round qualifying matches tomorrow.