Indian Wells, USA, 9 March 2022 | Leigh Rogers

Australian Daria Saville has earned a main draw spot at Indian Wells.

The 28-year-old from Melbourne scored a 6-0 3-6 6-3 victory against seventh-seeded Pole Magdalena Frech in final qualifying round action today.

Strong returning from Saville helped her take control in the two-hour and six-minute battle, converting eight of the 16 break points she earned against the world No.88.

It is the second top-100 win of the season for Saville, who is currently ranked No.409 and contesting only her fifth tour-level tournament after missing eight months last year due to injury.

Saville, who faces China’s Zhang Shuai in the opening round, joins compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic in the main draw of the prestigious hard-court event.

Making her sixth main draw appearance at Indian Wells, Saville is aiming to better third-round runs recorded in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Astra Sharma’s bid to qualify at Indian Wells for a second consecutive year is over, losing to Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova in straight sets in the final qualifying round.

Meanwhile, four Australians have progressed to the final round in the men’s qualifying singles competition.

Top-seeded John Millman, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Aleksandar Vukic all scored comprehensive first-round victories today, while Chris O’Connell recorded a three-set win against two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson.

Aussies in action – Indian Wells

Women’s qualifying singles, final round
Daria Saville (AUS) d [7] Magdalena Frech (POL) 6-0 3-6 6-3
[13] Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) d [9] Astra Sharma (AUS) 6-4 6-1

Men’s qualifying singles, first round
[1] John Millman (AUS) d [WC] Brandon Holt (USA) 6-4 6-0
[7] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)
d Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 6-3 6-4
[18] Aleksandar Vukic (AUS)
d Salvatore Caruso (ITA) 6-2 6-2
Chris O’Connell (AUS) d [4] Kevin Anderson (RSA) 3-6 6-2 6-2
[2] Joao Sousa (POR) d Max Purcell (AUS) 5-7 7-6(5) 7-6(4)
[22] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d Alex Bolt (AUS) 2-6 6-4 6-4

Men’s qualifying singles, final round
[1] John Millman (AUS) v Tennys Sandgren (USA)
[7] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)
v [20] Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
[18] Aleksandar Vukic (AUS)
v [8] Jaume Munar (ESP)
Chris O’Connell (AUS) v [17] Liam Broady (GBR)

Women’s singles, first round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v [WC] Hailey Baptiste (USA)
[Q] Daria Saville (AUS) v Zhang Shuai (CHN)

Men’s singles, first round
[29] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Bye
Alexei Popyrin (AUS)
v Qualifier
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v David Goffin (BEL)
[WC] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Sebastian Baez (ARG)

Women’s doubles, first round
[2] Sam Stosur (AUS)/Zhang Shuai (CHN) v Alize Cornet (FRA)/Leylah Fernandez (CAN)
[8] Storm Sanders (AUS)/Caroline Dolehide (USA) v Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)/Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)/Maria Sakkari (GRE) v Petra Martic (CRO)/Shelby Rogers (USA)

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