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Australian Open: Francesca Jones beats Monica Niculescu in first round of qualifying

Australian Open: Francesca Jones beats Monica Niculescu in first round of qualifying

Britain’s Francesca Jones beat Monica Niculescu to reach the second round of qualifying for the Australian Open.

Jones will play Croatia’s Jana Fett next as she bids to reach a Grand Slam main draw for the first time.

British number three Harriet Dart, 24, who reached the second round of the Australian Open in 2020, was beaten 7-5 6-2 by American Grace Min.

In the men’s qualifying – which is taking place in Doha – Stockport’s Liam Broady also had his Melbourne hopes dashed in the first round as he went down 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 to Frenchman Constant Lestienne.

American Denis Kudla beat Elliot Benchetrit 6-4 6-3 in the first round before being told he had tested positive for coronavirus. He will now have to exit the tournament and self-isolate.

Morocco’s Benchetrit may also have to isolate if he is considered to be a close contact of Kudla.

In other tennis news, Britain’s Cameron Norrie, 25, beat third seed Adrian Mannarino to reach the Delray Beach Open quarter-finals.

Norrie claimed a 6-2 7-5 win over the Frenchman to set up a meeting with Frances Tiafoe of America.

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Source: BBC

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