Winning start for Tomljanovic in Rome
Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic has recorded an opening-round win in the singles qualifying draw at the Italian Open.
Ajla Tomljanovic is one win away from earning a main draw place at the Italian Open in Rome.
The 28-year-old Australian has made a promising start at the WTA 1000 tournament, posting a 2-6 6-2 6-3 win against Czech Tereza Martincova in first-round singles qualifying action.
Tomljanovic, who is currently ranked No.78, now plays Roland Garros 2020 quarterfinalist Laura Siegemund in the final qualifying round.
The No.59-ranked German won their only previous meeting, which was at an ITF-level tournament 11 years ago.
Tomljanovic is aiming to join fellow Aussie Ash Barty in the main draw. The top-seeded Barty, who has an opening-round bye, faces a potential quarterfinal clash and Madrid final rematch with Aryna Sabalenka.
Alexei Popyrin’s qualifying bid is over, with the 21-year-old beaten in the opening round.
Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak recorded a 7-6(6) 6-7(4) 6-3 victory against the No.10-seeded Australian in a battle lasting two hours and 25 minutes.
Popyrin’s loss leaves Alex de Minaur and John Millman as the sole Aussie representatives in the men’s singles draw.
Aussies in action – Rome
Women’s singles qualifying, first round
 Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) d Tereza Martincova (CZE) 2-6 6-2 6-3
Men’s singles qualifying, first round
Kamil Majchrzak (POL) d  Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 7-6(6) 6-7(4) 6-3
Women’s singles qualifying, final round
 Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v  Laura Siegemund (GER)
Women’s singles, first round
 Ash Barty (AUS) v Bye
Men’s singles, first round
John Millman (AUS) v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
Alex de Minaur (AUS) v [WC] Gianluca Mager (ITA)
Men’s doubles, first round
Max Purcell (AUS)/Luke Saville (AUS) v Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)/Hubert Hurkacz (POL)
John Peers (AUS)/Michael Venus (NZL) v Austin Krajicek (USA)/Oliver Marach (AUT)
Alex de Minaur (AUS)/Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) v  Ivan Dodig (CRO)/Filip Polasek (SVK)