Sharma and Rodionova advance in Roland Garros qualifying
Astra Sharma and Arina Rodionova score opening round wins in Roland Garros qualifying in Paris.
Astra Sharma and Arina Rodionova have won their opening round matches in Roland Garros qualifying.
Sharma scored a 6-4 6-4 victory against French wildcard Irina Ramialison in Paris today, with Rodionova earning a 6-3 7-6(1) win over Brit Samantha Murray Sharan.
The ninth-seeded Sharma hit 23 winners to record her first career victory at the Grand Slam tournament.
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The 25-year-old West Australian now faces No.186-ranked Yuki Naito of Japan in the second round, while Rodionova’s next opponent is former world No.2-ranked Russian Vera Zvonareva.
The No.165-ranked Rodionova fought hard against the No.191-ranked Murray Sharan today, before showing steely resolve to dominate the second set tiebreak. The 30-year-old sealed victory with her 17th winner of the match.
It is Rodionova’s first Roland Garros singles win in 10 years, snapping a six-match losing streak in Paris to advance to the second round of qualifying for the first time since 2010.
Marc Polmans and Aleksandar Vukic have continued career-best runs in Paris too, progressing through to the final round of men’s singles qualifying.
Aussies in action, qualifying day three results:
Women’s singles, first round
 Astra Sharma (AUS) d [WC] Irina Ramialison (FRA) 6-4 6-4
Arina Rodionova (AUS) d Samantha Murray Sharan (GBR) 6-3 7-6(1)
Men’s singles, second round
 Marc Polmans (AUS) d Alessandro Giannessi (ITA) 5-7 6-4 6-3
Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) d  Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) 6-4 7-6(3)
 Aslan Karatsev (RUS) d Max Purcell (AUS) 6-4 6-1