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Bernard Tomic has Qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open alongside Timea Babos, and Egyptian superstar Mayar Sherif.

Bernard Tomic has Qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open alongside Timea Babos, and Egyptian superstar Mayar Sherif.

Thirty-two players have now secured their spots in the Australian Open main draw after grabbing coveted wins in the finals of the Australian Open Qualifiers. 

The list includes some big names including doubles world No.4 Timea Babos and former world No.17 Bernard Tomic. 

The group will fly out to Melbourne over the next three days to quarantine for fourteen days ahead of the 2021 Australian Open.

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An All-Australian Standoff 

Bernard Tomic is the only Australian to qualify for the tournament and defeated countryman John-Patrick Smith 6-4 5-7 7(10)-6(7) in a colossal encounter that lasted a whopping 2 hours and 48 minutes. 

With both players looking to qualify for the Australian Open for the first time in their careers, the game went down to a nail-biting third-set tiebreaker. 

At one set apiece, Smith showed his resilience to save a breakpoint from the advancing Tomic, to take the game to the tiebreak. But the firepower of the former world No.17 was too much for him to handle and Tomic closed out the set, breaking Smith’s service twice to win the tiebreaker 10-7. 

Tomic will become the 11 Aussie to represent his home country at the 2021 Australian Open, including Antalya Open Champion Alex de Minaur, Nick Kyrgios, and Alex Bolt. 

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Meanwhile, fellow Queenslander Dane Sweeny fell short to Ukrainian, Sergiy Stakhovsky, who won 6-3 3-6 1-6. 

Sweeny smashed his way to go one up in the first set which included one epic game that saw the pair trade deuce nine times, saw Sweeny save five breakpoints and claim five-set point chances before he converted to win the set. 

Sweeny fought gallantly to save four set points in the closing stages of the second set, but it was not enough to stall the advances of Stakhovsky, who pressed on to take the remaining two sets and secure his spot at the 2021 Australian Open.

Fantastic Fran Books Ticket To First-Ever Grand Slam 

British No.5 Fran Jones demolished China’s Lu Jia-Jing in Dubai 6-0 6-1 to become the only one of five Brits who entered the tournament to qualify for the major down under. 

Jones crushed her opponent in just over an hour, winning nine games in a row while breaking Lu six times to secure the win.  

The inspirational 20-year-old was born with a rare genetic disorder called Ectrodactyly Ectodermal Dysplasia syndrome that means she has only one thumb and three fingers on each hand, and she defied her doubters today through this emphatic win. 

Meanwhile, Timea Babos cruised her way into a spot in the main draw, following a three-set win over world No.135 and 20th seed Anna Kardina Schmiedlova. Schmiedlova fought back against the Hungarian’s advances to win a tie-breaker in the second set. Babos raised the tempo in the final set and it proved too much for the Slovakian, who succumbed to her opponent’s advances to suffer a 6-2 6(5)-7(7) 6-2 defeat.

Young Guns Soar Into Australian Open Main Draw

Teenage titans Carlos Alcaraz and Whitney Osuigwe have also secured themselves a seat on the plane to Melbourne. 

17-year-old Alcaraz finished off his week in style, obliterating the number 2 seed Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-3. The young Spaniard is certainly a player we’ll be keeping an eye on in the coming years after dropping just one set throughout the last three games. 

18-year-old Whitney Osuigwe, who knocked out Australian Olivia Gadecki in the previous round, came back to dominate 22nd seed Mihaela Buzarnescu 2-6 7(7)-6(1) 6-2. The young American smashed five consecutive points past Buzarnescu in a second-set tiebreaker and advanced to break her opponent three times in the final set to win the match. 

Egyptian superstar Mayar Sherif has also qualified for her second career grand slam after she beat Alexandra Kronic 6-1 6-2. Sherif made headlines last year after becoming the first Egyptian woman to qualify for a grand slam championship, securing a spot in the 2020 French Open. 

The upset of the day came when world No.182 Frederico Ferreira Silva knocked out men’s No.1 seed Gregoire Barrere, demolishing the Frenchman 6-3 6-4. 

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