Australian Teenager Battles Through Qualifying… But It’s Not Tomic
Most expected an Australian teenager to make it through qualifying into the main draw of the US Open, but very few would have anticipated Sally Peers. The 19-year-old from Melbourne, Victoria, had never won a qualifying match at Slam level and was not expected to win three in a row this time around. She isn’t completely unheard of however, having had success at junior level. Peers helped Australia win the junior Fed Cup in 2007 and has made the girls’ doubles final twice at Wimbledon, once coming away with the trophy. Peers has a tough battle on her hands if she wants to win her first round match at the Open when she will face world number 53, Canadian Alexsandra Wozniak. Her confidence and match play could help the Aussie cause the upset, but regardless of the result this is a huge step for the teen.
Going backwards is Bernard Tomic, the young gun everyone expected to come through qualifying. Tomic was likely upset at missing out on a wild card and would have been keen to prove himself in qualifying. He lost in the second round to Israeli Noam Okun. Tomic was the junior US Open champion and once proclaimed he would win all four Slams before he was 18. With his 18th birthday coming up in October, Tomic has been hit with yet another reality check.
Peers joins 8 other Australians in the main draw, including Sam Stosur, Lleyton Hewitt, Carsten Ball, and Jarmila Groth.