Traralgon, Australia, 17 January 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Six Aussie juniors have moved one step closer to fulfilling their dream of competing at Australian Open 2024.

Zane Stevens (a 17-year-old from Queensland), Thomas Gadecki (a 17-year-old from Queensland) and Jonas Hahn (a 16-year-old from South Australia) all scored straight-sets victories against seeded opponents in the opening round of the boys’ qualifying singles competition.

The Aussie contenders in the girls’ competition had a much tougher time, with Alana Subasic (a 16-year-old from New South Wales) and Gabby Gregg (also 16 and from New South Wales) each triumphing in three-set battles to keep their qualifying quests alive. Ava Beck, a 15-year-old Victorian, also scored a three-set victory.

The Australian Open 2024 junior qualifying competition is being held in the Victorian town of Traralgon, with players needing to win two rounds to earn a coveted main-draw spot and the chance to compete at Melbourne Park.

All main-draw matches across the Australian Open 2024 Junior Championships will be played at Melbourne Park beginning from Saturday 20 January.

> READ: Wildcards revealed for Australian Open 2024 Junior Championships

Aussies in action – Australian Open

Girls’ qualifying singles, first round
[WC] Alana Subasic (AUS) d [3] Sonja Zhiyenbayeva (KAZ) 6-3 1-6 6-4
[WC] Ava Beck (AUS) d [4] Gaia Maduzzi (ITA) 6-2 3-6 6-4
[WC] Gabby Gregg (AUS)
d [16] Kamonwan Yodpetch (THA) 7-6(4) 6-7(10) 6-3
[11] Junhan Zhang (CHN) d [WC] Gabrielle Villegas (AUS) 7-5 7-5
[14] Daria Egorova d [WC] Kristina Tai (AUS) 6-0 6-3
Lea Nilsson (SWE) d [12] Lily Taylor (AUS) 6-4 6-3

Boys’ qualifying singles, first round
[WC] Zane Stevens (AUS) d [12] Vitaliy Zatsepin (KAZ) 6-3 6-3
[WC] Thomas Gadecki (AUS) d [13] Aditya Govila (IND) 6-2 6-3
[WC] Jonas Hahn (AUS) d [16] Kriish Tyagi (IND) 7-6(5) 6-3
[2] Bill Chan (SGP) d [WC] Lachlan McFadzean (AUS) 3-6 6-2 6-1
[6] William Rejchtman Vinciguerra (SWE) d [WC] Oscar Andrews (AUS) 6-0 6-3
[15] Andrea De Marchi (ITA) d [WC] Jarrod Joyce (AUS) 5-7 6-2 6-2

Girls’ qualifying singles, final round
[WC] Gabby Gregg (AUS) v [2] Isabelle Lucy (GBR)
[WC] Ava Beck (AUS) v [10] Reina Goto (JPN)
[WC] Alana Subasic (AUS) v [15] Sonja Zhenikhova (GER)

Boys’ qualifying singles, final round
[WC] Jonas Hahn (AUS) v [4] Yeonsu Jeong (KOR)
[WC] Zane Stevens (AUS)
v [7] Justin Engel (GER)
[WC] Thomas Gadecki (AUS) v [8] Anas Mazdrashki (BUL)

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