Storm Hunter and Jaimee Fourlis have a chance to reach the top spot in Australian tennis in 33 years.
The fit Australians will play the final matches of the qualifying round in Paris today. Had both qualified, it would have been the first time since 1990 that multiple Australian women had qualified for a clay court Grand Slam tournament.
This would be an extraordinary effort considering only three Australians have completed successful qualifiers in Paris in the last 25 years – Sophie Ferguson in 2010, Olivia Rogowska in 2015 and Hunter in 2021.
Australians in action:
Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) v (CM) Fiona Ferro (FRA)
Women’s Singles Qualifiers, Final Round, Court 14, Second Match
The 23-year-old Fourlis won two bouts in three sets to advance to the final qualifying round. The World 150 are looking to qualify for a major tournament for the second time and match their performance at Wimbledon last year. He will face the experienced Ferro, a 26-year-old Frenchman with a wild card. Ferro is currently ranked 462nd, but is a former top 40 player who advanced to the fourth round of Roland Garros in 2020.
Head-to-head: First meeting
Storm Hunter (AUS) v. Ashlyn Krueger (US)
Women’s Singles Qualifiers, Final Round, Court 11, Game Three
World No. 202 Hunter made it to the final qualifying round without dropping a set. The 28-year-old Australian is set to qualify for the second time in Paris. A 19-year-old American, who starts for the first time at Roland Garros, stands in her way. Hunter boasts a win against world No. 162 Krueger, including a three-set win on green clay in America last month.
Head-to-head record: Hunter leads 3-0
Last meeting: Hunter won 2-6 6-4 6-1 (Charleston, April 2023)
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