Canada’s Rebecca Marino qualified for the first round of the main draw at the US Open on Friday in New York.
Marino, ranked 175th in the world, beat Belgium’s Greet Minnen, 103rd, in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in the final qualifying round.
In the duel that lasted one hour and 53 minutes, the maple leaf actress had seven aces, compared to four of her competitors. I only made a double mistake, while Minin made it a little more difficult with a five.
Marino broke his opponent four times on a total of 15 occasions. Also, she had the upper hand 53% of the time when a deal was made on her second serve.
“I had three tough qualifying rounds, on my way to the main draw,” Marino wrote on his Twitter account. Very happy and proud, but you know very well that I didn’t finish the fight. Thank you for everyone’s support and stay tuned for my matches next week.”
The British Columbia continued its recent successes. She reached the third round of the National Bank Open recently held in Montreal, defeating Madison Keys and Paula Padusa Gibert. This tournament started at number 220 in the WTA.
The first in 10 years
By reaching the main draw at the US Open, Marino ended a 10-year deficit without making the annual classic.
At that time, in 2011, Marino was not able to get through the first round, she who had bent the spine in front of Argentine Gisela Dulko. The only other time Marino reached the main draw at these Grand Slams, in 2010, she made it to the second round, before losing to Venus Williams.
But the Canadian will face a major challenge in the first round of the prestigious New York Championship. In fact, she was unlucky in the draw and will have to face Ukrainian and world sixth racketeer Elina Svitolina. The two women had never faced each other on the WTA Tour before.
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