Canadian players, including Quebecs Felix Agar-aliasim and Leila Annie Fernandez, will be able to make the longest run in the Australian Open tennis tournament through a tournament draw from Wednesday to Thursday night.
Agar-Aliasim got an appointment with Finn Emil Rusuvori (90th) in the first round of the men’s singles, ranked ninth in the world. With three early wins, he could face Andrei Rublev (fifth) of Russia in Round 4; At this point he lowered his flag in Melbourne last year.
Still on the men’s team, Denis Shapovalov (14th) of Ontario should be wary of his first opponent in the event, Los Lo Dijరre (52nd) of Serbia. “Shapo”, who lost to Agar-Aliassim in the third round in 2021, could face American Alexander Zverev (third) in the next round, with Reilly Opelka (25th) of the United States at the same stage.
People against Fernandez?
For his part, Fernandez, the 24th player on the WTA Tour, must have mastered a local player and perhaps her supporters to begin his journey. She will face Madison Inglis (139th), who won the main draw bye. Respecting the logic, Kubeser will face German Angelique Kerber (17th) in her third duel and her next clash with Belarusian Arena Sabalenka (second).
Meanwhile, British Colombian Rebecca Marino must win her last qualifying game to secure her place in the tournament. To do this, she must defeat Russian Camilla Rakhimova on Thursday evening (Friday, Melbourne time).
Marino enters the main draw
Canadian Rebecca Marino, for her part, was able to enter the main draw through the back door, beating Camilla Rakhimova in the final qualifying round on Thursday evening.
Maple Leaf’s representative defeated the Russian 4-6, 6-2 and 7-6 (7) in three sets.
The 146th rocket in the world started its match poorly and broke unanswered in the first game of the first set.
However, history did not repeat itself in the second set. Marino WTA’s no. 116 smashed the rocket three times, but she herself lost service once.
The Maple Leaf member and her opponent each won all of their service games in the third set, forcibly winning the final game, in which the Canadian recorded three mini-breaks against two to get his ball into the main draw.