Australians Ellen Perez and Marc Polmans have lost their French Open round 3 qualifying matches in Paris.
World no. 239 Ellen Perez was serving for the first set at 5-4 against Belgium’s Greet Minnen before losing the next three games to drop the first set 7-5. She was then 4-1 down in the second and recovered to be on serve at 4-5 but then dropped serve to lose 7-5, 6-4.
Minnen is the world no. 125 and was the 17th seed in the qualifying tournament.
World no. 149 Marc Polmans dropped serve in his opening two service games of his 3rd round qualifying match against Spain’s world no. 128 Bernabé Zapata Miralles to fall behind 3-0.
Polmans broke back for 1-3. A hold for 3-2. After 27 minutes Polmans had broken back for a second time to level the match at 3-3. Broken again to go 4-3.
The breaks of serve continued with Polmans breaking his opponent to level at 4-4. Then, you guessed it, another break and the Spaniard was ahead 5-4 and serving for the opening set.
Polmans was 15-40 at 4-4, then back to deuce before dropping serve.
Zapata Miralles had two set points at 40-15 and just needed one to take the opener 6-4.
Polmans was broken in the opening game of the second set. Zapata Miralles then held to lead 2-0 before running away with the set to win his place in the main draw after a 6-4, 6-0 victory.
The last remaining Australian men’s player, Aleksandar Vukic lost his match against USA’s Bjorn Fratangelo.
Vukic was 5-0 down before breaking serve to avoid a donut.
The Australian fought back to force a tie-breaker in the second set before losing 6-2, 7-6(3).
Storm Sanders, a 26-year-old world no. 161, is the last remaining hope to for an Australian to navigate through qualifying.
Sanders plays Switzerland’s world no. 219 Susan Bandecchi tonight. Victory against the No.219-ranked Bandecchi will confirm her spot in the main draw at Roland Garros for the first time.