Australian Open qualifying: Francesca Jones wins, Eugenie Bouchard out

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Britain’s Francesca Jones is through to the final round of Australian Open qualifying with victory over Jana Fett.

Playing in what is her maiden overseas Grand Slam qualifying draw, the 20-year-old defeated the Croat 7-6 (9-7) 2-6 6-1 in Dubai.

She will play China’s world number 200 Lu Jiajing in the third qualifying round for a place in her first Grand Slam main draw.

Jones is the only Briton remaining in Australian Open qualifying.

Meanwhile, Canada’s former world number five Eugenie Bouchard – one of the most high-profile players taking part in qualifying – lost her second-round match.

The 26-year-old, now ranked 141st, was beaten 6-2 6-4 by China’s world number 230 Yue Yuan.

Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova, who reached the US Open quarter-finals in September after a three-year hiatus from the game, is one more victory away from reaching the main draw in Melbourne.

Pironkova, 33, moved into the final qualifying round by winning 6-0 3-6 6-1 against South Korea’s Han Na-Lae.

In men’s qualifying, Australia’s Bernard Tomic survived a match point before fighting back to win 6-4 1-6 7-6 (10-3) against his compatriot Tristan Schoolkate.

In 2016, Tomic was ranked 17th in the world but the 28-year-old has since slid down to 228th. He has pledged to “try”external-link in qualifying for his home Grand Slam after previously being fined for “not meeting professional standards” at Wimbledon in 2019 and admitting struggling for motivation.

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