Charleston, USA, 6 April 2021 | Vivienne Christie

Ajla Tomljanovic took little more than an hour to secure a second-round appearance at the Volvo Car Open, recording a 6-3 6-0 victory over Christina McHale.

Storm Sanders also progressed at the WTA 500 tournament in Charleston, with a 6-2 6-4 win over Asia Muhammad.

In a dominant performance, Tomljanovic faced only two break points and dropped serve just once against McHale.

The world No.78 claimed the last seven games of the match to set up a meeting with No.17 seed Marie Bouzkova.

Contesting a sixth tournament for the season, Tomljanovic is aiming to record back-to-back victories for a first time in 2021.

The 27-year-old’s standout performance so far this year is the Australian Open, where she pushed world No.2 Simona Halep the full three-set distance in the second round.

Sanders required an hour and 22 minutes to move past fellow qualifier Muhammad and faces third seed Petra Kvitova next.


Women’s singles, first round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) d Christina McHale (USA) 6-3 6-0
[Q] Storm Sanders (AUS) d[ Q] Asia Muhammed (USA) 6-2 6-4

Coming up:

Women’s singles, second round
[1] Ash Barty (AUS) v Misaki Doi (JPN)
[Q] Storm Sanders (AUS)
v [3] Petra Kvitova (CZE)
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v [17] Marie Bouzkova (CZE)

Women’s doubles, first round
[1] Nicole Melichar( USA)/Demi Schuurs (NED) d Ellen Perez (AUS)/CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) 3-6 6-1 [10-4