London, UK, 30 June 2021 | Leigh Rogers

Australian Marc Polmans is through to the second round at Wimbledon.

The 24-year-old, who earned his place in a Grand Slam main draw as a qualifier for the first time in his career, has continued his winning run with a 6-2 7-5 4-6 6-1 victory over Wimbledon 2010 quarterfinalist Yen-Hsun Lu.

Polmans took two hours and 26 minutes to defeat the more experienced Lu, a 37-year-old from Chinese Taipei making his 15th main draw appearance at the All England Club.

The Australian impressively struck 43 winners and only 16 unforced errors to record his third career Grand Slam main draw win.

“I’m super-pumped to get through and with my first-ever win in main draw at Wimbledon,” Polmans said.

“It was extremely tough conditions, late at night and it was starting to get all dark and slippery. When he fought back to take the third set, I thought we’d be in for another long one so I’m grateful I was able to close it out in the fourth.”

This effort matches Polmans’ career-best major result, having previously made the second round at Australian Open 2020 (as a wildcard) and Roland Garros 2020 (as a lucky loser).

Looking to advance to his first major third-round, the No.154-ranked Polmans plays either No.17 seed Cristian Garin of Chile or Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles next.

Earlier today, world No.1 Ash Barty made a winning start to her Wimbledon campaign with a three-set victory against former world No.6 and cancer survivor Carla Suarez Navarro.

> READ: Barty enjoys winning start at Wimbledon

Wildcard Alex Bolt recorded his first main draw win at the All England Club, defeating world No.44 Filip Krajinovic in straight sets.

Australia’s No.1-ranked man Alex de Minaur wasn’t so fortunate, losing his opening-round match against 20-year-old American Sebastian Korda.

The No.15 seed entered the tournament in red-hot form, having won his fifth career ATP singles title in Eastbourne last week. However, he was unable to continue that momentum and lost in four sets.

> READ: De Minaur upset in Wimbledon first round

Chris O’Connell’s first-round match against No.13 seed Gael Monfils has extended to a third day. The match resumed with a third set tiebreak today, but play was suspended again in the fifth set due to slippery conditions.

Nick Kyrgios will need to return tomorrow as well to complete his first-round match against No.21 seed Ugo Humbert, which is also into a fifth set when play was suspended.

With rain interrupting play again, first-round matches for James Duckworth, Ajla Tomljanovic and Ellen Perez were all rescheduled for tomorrow.

Aussies in action – Wimbledon

Gentlemen’s singles, first round
[Q] Marc Polmans (AUS) d Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 6-2 7-5 4-6 6-1
[WC] Alex Bolt (AUS) d Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 7-6(5) 6-4 7-5
Sebastian Korda (USA) d [15] Alex de Minaur (AUS) 6-3 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(5)

Ladies’ singles, first round
[1] Ash Barty (AUS) d Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 6-1 6-7(1) 6-1
Shelby Rogers (USA) d Sam Stosur (AUS) 6-1 5-7 6-3

Gentlemen’s singles, first round
[Q] Chris O’Connell (AUS) v [13] Gael Monfils (FRA) 6-4 2-6 6-7(5) 6-4 2-3 to finish
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v [21] Ugo Humbert (FRA) 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-1 3-3 to finish 
Alexei Popyrin (AUS)
v Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v [12] Casper Ruud (NOR)
James Duckworth (AUS) v Radu Albot (MDA)

Ladies’ singles, first round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v [Q] Greet Minnen (BEL)
[Q] Ellen Perez (AUS) v [Q] Clara Burel (FRA)

Gentlemen’s singles, second round
[Q] Marc Polmans (AUS) v TBC
[WC] Alex Bolt (AUS) v TBC

Ladies’ singles, second round
[1] Ash Barty (AUS) v Anna Blinkova (RUS)

> READ: Doubles draws revealed for Wimbledon 2021