Aussies in Action: Tomljanovic, Kokkinakis through; 16-year-old one step closer; Tomic bundled out

Ajla Tomljanovic was on fire in her first round match in Adelaide today. Photo: Tennis Australia

Ajla Tomljanovic has reached the second round of the Sydney Tennis Classic on Tuesday, as Thanasi Kokkinakis continued his excellent start to the season in his native Adelaide. Meanwhile, Bernard Tomic was defeated and 16-year-old Taylah Preston is one step closer to realising her Australian Open dream.

Sydney Tennis Classic (WTA)

Australia’s number two-ranked female player, Ajla Tomljanovic, defeated Serbian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in comfortable fashion on Tuesday. The world No. 46 was strong in her service games and broke her 90th-ranked opponent’s serve on six occasions to take the win. Tomljanovic will face fifth seed Paula Badosa in the next round for a spot in the quarter-final.

In the doubles, Astra Sharma teamed up with Dutch player Arantxa Rus against Australian pair Michaela Haet and Lisa Mays. The all-Australian pairing were annihilated, losing 6-2 6-0.

Elsewhere in doubles action, Aussie pairing Alana Parnaby and Gabriella Da Silva Fick lost to fourth seeds Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Alexa Guarachi. The Aussies put up a fight, but ended up going down, 6-4 6-4.

Sydney Tennis Classic (ATP)

Alexei Popyrin played 61st-ranked Pedro Martinez at Ken Rosewall Arena. The returning game of the world No. 59 was ultimately his downfall, as the Spaniard took a well-earned 6-4 6-4 victory.

Argentine qualifier Sebastian Baez defeated fellow qualifier Chris O’Connell. The match was a tight encounter, with Baez squeezing the Australian in the final set tiebreaker, 6-2 1-6 7-6(4).

In the doubles, Moerani Bouzige and Matthew Christopher Romios could smell an upset when they levelled the match at one set all against Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini. But it was the Italian pair who would outlast their wildcard opponents, winning in a super-tiebreaker, 6-1 5-7 (10-3).

Adelaide International 2 (WTA)

Maddison Inglis scored a huge win, defeating 99th-ranked Montenegrin Danka Kovinic in three sets, 6-4 1-6 6-2. Inglis will face fourth seed Tamara Zidansek in the next round.

Maddison Inglis celebrates winning a point. Photo: Tennis Australia

World No. 135 Storm Sanders played against Jasmine Paolini, with the 52nd-ranked Italian taking a 7-5 6-2 win.

In the doubles, Annerly Poulos and Tina Smith played against New Zealand’s Erin Routliffe and Polish player Alicja Rosolska. The Australian wildcards were defeated 6-1 6-1.

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Adelaide International 2 (ATP)

Adelaide local Alex Bolt hosted American qualifier Steve Johnson on centre court, with the left-hander holding up a good fight. But it was the 84th-ranked Johnson who was able to upset Bolt and upset the home crowd, winning 6-4 6-4.

Later, it was fellow South Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis that returned to play his second home tournament in as many weeks. Following last week’s fantastic run to the semi-final, Kokkinakis played Frenchman Benoit Paire. The Adelaide local put on a show for his fans, as he defeated the 47th-ranked Frenchman 6-4 6-0.

Australian Open qualifying

Following an increased social media presence, Bernard Tomic looked to be training hard ahead of his qualifying campaign. Unfortunately for the Australian, he was played off the court by world No. 146 Roman Safiullin.

During a change of ends in the second set, Tomic raised concerns with the chair umpire about COVID-19 protocols.

“I’m sure in the next two days I’ll test positive, I’m telling you,” he told the chair umpire after displaying symptoms, yet testing negative on a rapid antigen test.

“I’ll buy you dinner if I don’t test positive in three days, otherwise you buy me dinner.

“I cannot believe nobody is getting tested… no official PCR testing.”

Bernard Tomic had no answers for Roman Safiullin on Kia Arena. Photo: Australian Open

Elsewhere, world No. 770 Edward Winter secured a mighty upset, defeating former world No. 6 Gilles Simon in three sets. The Aussie impressed and dominated the first and third sets, as he took a 6-3 1-6 6-3 win in 137 minutes.

17 year old Edward Winter was impressive. Photo: Tennis Australia

Marc Polmans defeated France’s Geoffrey Blancaneaux in straight-sets, 7-6 6-2.

Former world No. 39 Matthew Ebden defeated 157th-ranked German Mats Moraing. Despite dropping the first set, Ebden was able to fight back and crushed Moraing, 4-6 6-2 6-1.

Arkira Santillan, Tristan Schoolkate and Andrew Harris all lost and will not play in the main draw.

16-year-old Taylah Preston headlined the women’s singles action, with the West Australian world No. 1184 defeating 189th-ranked Kurumi Nara, 7-5 6-4.

Taylah Preston wiped Kurumi Nara off the court. Photo: Tennis Australia

626th-ranked Zoe Hives defeated China’s Xin-Yun Han with ease after a tricky first set, 7-5 6-0.

Seone Mendez came from behind to defeat United Kingdom’s Jodie Burrage, 5-7 6-1 6-4.

Elsewhere, Lizette Cabrera was made to work as she overcame American Sachia Vickery. Cabrera was up a break in the second set as she led 5-3, but was unable to finish the encounter. Eventually, the Australian managed to snare the win, 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2.

Destanee Aiava was looking excellent early against Croatian Jana Fett, taking the first set in a canter. But, the Croatian was able to fight back and end Aiava’s Australian Open dream, winning 3-6 6-3 7-5.

World No. 153 Arina Rodionova accounted for Swiss player Susan Bandecchi, 6-4 6-2.

22-year-old Jaimee Fourlis defeated Spainard Irene Burillo Escorihuela in straight-sets, 7-5 6-2.

Abbie Myers, Catherine Aulia, Talia Gibson all suffered losses and had their Australian Open dreams left in tatters.

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