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Astra Sharma, Priscilla Hawn, Christopher O’Connell and Mark Pullmans are all one win away from getting the coveted main tie point at Wimbledon 2021.

London, United Kingdom, June 24, 2021 | Lee Rogers

Australian players continue to shine in the 2021 Wimbledon qualifiers, posting seven wins on day three.

Four players – Mark Pullmans, Chris O’Connell, Priscilla Hawn and Astra Sharma – booked their seats in the final round of playoffs. This is everyone’s best career result in the tournament and means they only need one more win to earn the coveted main tie point at Wimbledon 2021.

Pullmans hasn’t dropped a set this week, as the 24-year-old scored a 7-6 (8) 6-2 win over Britain’s wildcard Felix Gill in the second round.

O’Connell showed plenty of fighting to keep his hopes of qualifying. The 16th seed won 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-5 in the second round today against veteran Belgian Robin Bemelmans, who previously qualified for Wimbledon on six occasions.

Hon recorded 12 aces and 33 wins to continue her stellar run through a tie, and proved she has great firepower in a 6-3 6-2 victory over 26th seed Kamila Rakimova.

During the last match of the day, Astra Sharma scored a tough 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Slovakian Kristina Kokova. The 25-year-old netted 41 winners in the two-hour, 24-minute showdown.

Madison Inglis, Bernard Tomic and Matt Ebden all lost second-round matches.

In the first round, Storm Sanders saved a match point with a steely 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1 victory over Italian third seed Sarah Errani. The 26-year-old hit 41 winners to defeat the former World No. 5 in a two-hour battle.

Arina Rodionova continued her impressive form, losing just three matches in 56 minutes to defeating Italian Giulia Gatto Montecon, while Elaine Perez scored 33 winners in a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Swiss Leonie Cong.

Lizette Cabrera and Destani Ayava were both defeated in the first round matches.

Aussie in action – Wimbledon

Women’s singles qualifiers first round
Storm Sanders (Australia) Dr [3] Sarah Alrani (Italy) 3-6 7-6 (2) 6-1
Arina Rodionova (Australia) (D) Giulia Gatto Montcon (ITA) 6-3, 6-0
Eileen Perez (Australia) (D) Leoni Kong (Switzerland) 7-5 7-5
Elitsa Kostova (BUL) D Destanee Aiava (AUS) 6-4 7-5
[WC] Katie Swan (UK) d Lizette Cabrera (Australia) 7-5 6-2

Women’s singles qualifiers for the second round
[19] Astra Sharma (Australia) Dr. Christina Kokova (SVK) 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-3
Priscilla Hone (Australia) Dr [26] Camila Rakhimova (Russia) 6-3 6-2
Leslie Patinama Kerkhove (NED) D [28] Madison English (Australia) 7-6 (0) 6-7 (4) 6-1

Gentlemen singles qualifiers, second round
[16] Chris O’Connell (Australia) (D) Robin Bemelmanns (Belgium) 6-7 (3) 6-3 7-5
[32] Mark Pullmans (Australia)
Dr [WC] Felix Gill (GB) 7-6 (8) 6-2
[10] Bernabé Zapata Mirales (Spain) d Bernard Tomic (Australia) 6-4 6-1
[WC] Arthur Ferry (UK) d Matt Ebden (Australia) 6-3 6-7 (3) 7-5

Women’s singles qualifiers for the second round
Storm Sanders (Australia) Alexandra Kronik (SRB).
Arina Rodionova (Australia) Fifth [32] Magdalena Fritsch (Poland)
Eileen Perez (Australia) at Julia Grabher (AUT)

Women’s Singles Qualifiers, Final Round
[19] Astra Sharma (Australia) Fifth [16] Claire Liu (USA)
Priscilla Hone (Australia) Fifth [4] Anna Kalinskaya (Russia)

Gentlemen Singles Qualifiers, Final Round
[16] Chris O’Connell (Australia) Fifth [27] Thomas Meshak (CZE)
[32] Mark Pullmans (Australia)
Ramkumar Ramanathan (India)

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