Hunter wins all-Aussie battle at Miami Open
Storm Hunter has defeated fellow Aussie Kimberly Birrell in the opening qualifying round at a WTA 1000 tournament in Miami.
Storm Hunter has made a positive start to her Miami Open qualifying quest – but it has come at the expense of fellow Australian Kimberly Birrell.
World No.197 Hunter recorded a 6-3 6-3 victory against Birrell in first-round qualifying action at the WTA 1000 tournament today, saving all five break points she faced in the 84-minute encounter.
This sets up a final round meeting with world No.135-ranked Slovakian Kaja Juvan.
Six Australians are set to compete in the men’s qualifying singles competition, which begins tomorrow. This includes another all-Australian first-round meeting, with James Duckworth set to face Aleksandar Vukic.
Aussies in action – Miami
Women’s qualifying singles, first round
[WC] Storm Hunter (AUS) d  Kimberly Birrell (AUS) 6-3 6-3
Men’s qualifying singles, first round
 Chris O’Connell (AUS) v Yannick Hanfmann (GER)
 Jordan Thompson (AUS) v Renzo Olivo (ARG)
 Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) v Andrea Collarini (ARG)
 James Duckworth (AUS) v Aleksandar Vukic (AUS)
 Rinky Hijikata (AUS) v Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA)
Women’s qualifying singles, final round
[WC] Storm Hunter (AUS) v Kaja Juvan (SVK)
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