Tennis star Arianne Hartono has taken the first step towards a place in the main draw of the Australian Open. The 26-year-old Dutch started the qualification with a win in two sets over Ylena In-Albon from Switzerland: 6-4 6-4. Hartono must win three matches to participate in the Australian Open, just like last year. In the second round, she will meet Australian Destanee Aiava.
The Groningen native, who has Indonesian parents, made her debut at a grand slam tournament in Melbourne a year ago. After three victories in qualifying, Hartono lost in the first round to American Amanda Anisimova. Hartono won the first set 6-2 and led 4-2 in the second, but still handed over the match. At Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and the US Open, the current number 237 in the world ranking got stuck in the qualifications.
Tim van Rijthoven, Gijs Brouwer, Arantxa Rus, Suzan Lamens, and Eva Vedder, just like Hartono, participate in the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open. Biotic van de Zandschulp and Tallon Grepes are placed directly on the basis of their positions in the world ranking.
Robin Haase tried to qualify for the second ATP tournament this week in Adelaide, but the 35-year-old Hagenaar had to lose against the Hungarian Márton Fucsovics (6-4 6-3) in the final qualifying round after a great victory over the Hungarian Márton Fucsovics (6-4 6-3). Argentinian Tomas Martin Etcheverry.