Sport Sara hoping to follow in Open footsteps

20:17  10 january  2018
20:17  10 january  2018 Source:   MSN

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Sara Tomic of Australia.© AAP Image Sara Tomic of Australia.

Sara Tomic will look to replicate her older brother by taking a step towards the main draw of the Australian Open.

Bernard Tomic made a stunning return to competitive tennis on Wednesday, taking just 48 minutes to defeat Frenchman Vincent Millot in the first round of qualifying.

His 19-year-old sibling, yet to make a main draw appearance at a grand slam, must beat Russian Sofya Zhuk to do so at Melbourne Park.

Eight Australian women feature in first-round qualifying ties on Thursday.

The highest ranked is Priscilla Hon, who has drawn Barbora Stefkova of Czech Republic.

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Three of the five men to win their first-round qualifiers will also return to the court.

John-Patrick Smith, Bradley Mousley and Andrew Whittington will all bid to reach the final round of qualifying, with Bernard Tomic and James Duckworth to play their next matches on Friday.

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Qualifiers must win three matches to reach the main draw of the Australian Open, which begins on Monday.

AUSSIE WOMEN IN FIRST-ROUND QUALIFYING ACTION ON THURSDAY

* Ellen Perez v Valentini Grammatikopoulou (Greece)

* Priscilla Hon v Barbora Stefkova (Czech Republic)

* Naiktha Bains v 6-Danka Kovinic (Montenegro)

* Tammi Patterson v Ysaline Bonaventure (Belgium)

* Anastasia Rodionova v Marta Kostyuk (Ukraine)

* Isabelle Wallace v Anna Karolina Schmeidlova (Slovakia)

* Sara Tomic v Sofya Zhuk (Russia)

* Kimberly Birrell v 21-Xinyun Han (China)

AUSSIE MEN IN SECOND-ROUND QUALIFYING ACTION ON THURSDAY

* John-Patrick Smith v 6-Cameron Norrie (Great Britain)

* Bradley Mousley v Ricardo Ojeda Lara (Spain)

* Andrew Whittington v Vaclav Safranek (Czech Republic)

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