Five Australians score Miami Open qualifying wins
Thanasi Kokkinakis was among five Aussie winners today in the Miami Open qualifying competition.
Australian hopes are performing strongly in the Miami Open qualifying competition.
Thanasi Kokkinakis dominated on serve in a 6-3 6-3 first-round victory against Argentina’s Andrea Collarini at the ATP Masters 1000 event.
World No.94 Kokkinakis conceded just 10 points on serve in the 78-minute encounter.
Chris O’Connell is the second seed in the men’s qualifying draw and made a promising start to his campaign, overcoming German Yannick Hanfmann 7-6(2) 6-4 in the opening round.
Third-seeded Jordan Thompson powered past Argentina’s Renzo Olivo 6-2 6-1 in 69 minutes, while Aleksandar Vukic edged out compatriot James Duckworth 6-1 7-5 in an all-Aussie battle.
Storm Hunter sealed her spot in the main draw with an impressive 6-4 6-3 victory against world No.143-ranked Slovakian Kaja Juvan in the final round of the women’s qualifying singles competition.
It is the second time that world No.200 Hunter has qualified at a WTA 1000 tournament in her career, matching her effort in Toronto last August.
Hunter has competed in the Miami main draw twice before, as a wildcard in 2021 and a lucky loser in 2022.
She’ll face Australian Open 2020 champion Sofia Kenin in the opening round.
Aussies in action – Miami
Men’s qualifying singles, first round
 Chris O’Connell (AUS) d Yannick Hanfmann (GER) 7-6(2) 6-4
 Jordan Thompson (AUS) d Renzo Olivo (ARG) 6-2 6-1
 Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) d Andrea Collarini (ARG) 6-3 6-3
Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) d  James Duckworth (AUS) 6-1 7-5
Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA) d  Rinky Hijikata (AUS) 3-6 6-3 6-4
Women’s qualifying singles, final round
[WC] Storm Hunter (AUS) d Kaja Juvan (SVK) 6-4 6-3
Men’s qualifying singles, final round
 Chris O’Connell (AUS) v  Yosuke Watanuki (JPN)
 Jordan Thompson (AUS) v  Tomas Machac (CZE)
 Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) v [WC] Benoit Paire (FRA)
Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) v  Aleksandar Kovacevic (USA)
Men’s singles, first round
 Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Bye
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v Mikael Ymer (SWE)
Jason Kubler (AUS) v Thiago Monteiro (BRA)
Women’s singles, first round
[Q] Storm Hunter (AUS) v Sofia Kenin (USA)
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