Australia’s Max Purcell steps up as Genie Bouchard strikes by means of qualifiers


An excited Fernandez, who was runner-up in final 12 months’s Australian Open junior title, mentioned she goals to elevate her rating from 209 to inside the highest 100 this 12 months.

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“Final 12 months helped me loads with the expertise of a grand slam and I really feel actually snug,” Fernandez mentioned.

Fernandez mentioned she is set to have enjoyable whereas discovering her toes this 12 months and she or he is drawing inspiration from fellow Canadian Bouchard, who breezed by means of her second-round qualifying match in opposition to Australian Maddison Inglis.

Bouchard, a former semi-finalist on the Australian Open, bounced again from Tuesday’s encounter when she was affected by the smoke haze blanketing Melbourne.

Melbourne’s Belinda Woolcock couldn’t match Romania’s Ana Bogdan, admitting that her opponent was too good for her within the circumstances. Nevertheless after receiving a wildcard into the qualifiers and profitable her first match, she was rapt with the expertise.

“It was a tremendous alternative for me,” Woolcock mentioned.

After two days of qualifiers affected by climate there have been greater than 50 matches accomplished because the gamers moved into spherical two with confidence excessive the qualifying rounds will probably be accomplished nicely earlier than the event formally kicks off subsequent Monday.