Popyrin shows impressive grit in Monte-Carlo victory
Alexei Popyrin wins a three-set battle to advance to the second round at an ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Monte-Carlo.
Australia’s Alexei Popyrin continues to enhance his reputation as a steely competitor with his efforts this season.
The 21-year-old showed incredible grit to record a first-round victory in Monte-Carlo, bouncing back from a slow start to defeat Spaniard Pablo Andujar.
Popyrin closed out a 0-6 6-2 7-6(3) victory against the world No.80, recovering from a 0-3 deficit in the deciding third-set tiebreak to win the final seven points of the match.
It also marked the first time in Popyrin’s career he has won a tour-level match after losing the opening set without winning a game.
Popyrin, a qualifier ranked No.83, is now set to face French wildcard Lucas Pouille in the second round. Pouille, currently ranked No.86, is a former Australian Open semifinalist who has been ranked as high as No.10.
AUSSIES IN ACTION – Monte-Carlo
Men’s singles, first round
[Q] Alexei Popyrin (AUS) d Pablo Andujar (ESP) 0-6 6-2 7-6(3)
Men’s doubles, first round
Raven Klaasen (RSA)/Ben McLachlan (JPN) d Alex de Minaur (AUS)/John Peers (AUS) 7-6(3) 3-6 [11-9]
Men’s singles, second round
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v  Fabio Fognini (ITA)
John Millman (AUS) v  Cristian Garin (CHI)
[Q] Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v [WC] Lucas Pouille (FRA)
Astra Sharma is through to the second round at a WTA 250 tournament in Charleston. The 25-year-old Aussie recorded a 6-4 6-2 victory against China’s Wang Yafan, saving a remarkable 18 of the 19 break points she faced in the match.
The winning run of qualifier Storm Sanders has come to an end however, beaten by American Claire Liu in three sets.
AUSSIES IN ACTION – Charleston
Women’s singles, first round
Astra Sharma (AUS) d Wang Yafan (CHN) 6-4 6-2
[Q] Claire Liu (USA) d [Q] Storm Sanders (AUS) 7-5 4-6 6-0
Women’s singles, second round
 Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v Clara Tauson (DEN)
Astra Sharma (AUS) v  Madison Brengle (USA)
Women’s doubles, first round
 Arina Rodionova (AUS)/Rosalie Van Der Hoek (NED) v Jamie Loeb (USA)/Erin Routliffe (NZL)
Astra Sharma (AUS)/Naomi Broady (GBR) v  Misaki Doi(JPN)/Nao Hibino (JPN)
Women’s doubles, quarterfinals
 Ellen Perez (AUS)/Storm Sanders (AUS) v Katarzyna Piter (POL)/Wang Yafan (CHN)