James Duckworth is amongst three Australians to report a first-round victory within the Wimbledon 2023 gents’s qualifying singles competitors.
London, Nice Britain, 26 June 2023 | Leigh Rogers
Australian hopes James Duckworth, Rinky Hijikata and Marc Polmans have recorded first-round wins within the Wimbledon 2023 gents’s qualifying singles competitors.
World No.109 Duckworth survived a spirited problem from British wildcard Stuart Parker, earlier than prevailing 4-6 6-3 6-1.
Duckworth dominated the deciding set, conceding simply two factors on serve and firing 9 winners to a few.
“Proud of that. It was my first match on grass this 12 months, by no means simple, with a recent court docket and up in opposition to grass-court participant,” Duckworth mentioned.
World No.113 Hijikata triumphed in an all-Australian battle with Alex Bolt.
The 22-year-old edged out his extra skilled opponent in a hard-fought 7-6(2) 7-6(9) victory.
This was the primary assembly between two Australian gamers within the opening spherical of a Wimbledon gents’s qualifying singles attract 17 years.
Polmans eradicated nineteenth seed Andrea Vavassori, scoring a 7-6(3) 7-5 victory in opposition to the world No.128-ranked Italian.
That is the largest grass-court win of Polmans’ profession. The 26-year-old had by no means beforehand overwhelmed an opponent ranked contained in the world’s prime 130 on grass.
Second seed Thanasi Kokkinakis, who’s in Polmans’ part of the draw, suffered a shock first-round loss. Switzerland’s Leandro Riedi recorded a 7-5 6-4 victory in opposition to the world No.89.
Kokkinakis, who was the best-performing Australian at Roland Garros, struggled to search out momentum in opposition to world No.165 Riedi. He tallied 11 aces, however was damaged thrice of their 78-minute encounter.
Dane Sweeny was a last-minute addition to the draw, changing Hungarian Máté Valkusz.
Nevertheless, the 22-year-old Aussie wasn’t in a position to benefit from his alternate spot. Sweden’s Dragos Nicolae Madaras proved too good of their first-round conflict, posting a 7-5 6-2 win.
Gamers must win three qualifying rounds to earn a coveted main-draw spot at Wimbledon.
> READ: Six Aussie ladies set for Wimbledon qualifying
Aussies in motion – Wimbledon
Gents’s qualifying singles, first spherical
 James Duckworth (AUS) d [WC] Stuart Parker (GBR) 4-6 6-3 6-1
 Rinky Hijikata (AUS) d Alex Bolt (AUS) 7-6(2) 7-6(9)
Marc Polmans (AUS) d  Andrea Vavassori (ITA) 7-6(3) 7-5
Leandro Riedi (SUI) d  Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 7-5 6-4
Dragos Nicolae Madaras (SWE) d [Alt] Dane Sweeny (AUS) 7-5 6-2
Women’ qualifying singles, first spherical
 Kimberly Birrell (AUS) v Dayana Yastremska (UKR)
 Olivia Gadecki (AUS) v Katrina Scott (USA)
Storm Hunter (AUS) v [WC] Mingge Xu (GBR)
Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) v Polona Hercog (SLO)
Priscilla Hon (AUS) v Amandine Hesse (FRA)
Arina Rodionova (AUS) v Laura Siegemund (GER)
> VIEW: Wimbledon 2023 women’ qualifying singles draw
Gents’s qualifying singles, second spherical
 James Duckworth (AUS) v Harold Mayot (FRA)
 Rinky Hijikata (AUS) v Tomas Barrios Vera (CHI)
Marc Polmans (AUS) v Zachary Svajda (USA)
> VIEW: Wimbledon 2023 gents’s qualifying singles draw
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