Botic van de Zandschulp has qualified for the main tournament of the Australian Open. It will be his first participation in a grandslam tournament for the Dutch tennis player. Robin Haase stranded in the final qualifying round.
Van de Zandschulp won two sets of Frenchman Mathias Bourgue in the third and final qualifying round: 7-6 (4) and 6-4.
Van de Zandschulp, the number 156 of the world, came in the first set with 3-1, but the French number 214 of the world came back after a break, so a tiebreak had to decide the set.
In the second act there was a quick break for Van de Zandschulp, but also now Bourgue returned. In this set the Dutchman managed to finish it in his opponents service game. He cashed his second match point.
Wednesday, 33-year-old Haase competed in the third and final round of the qualifying tournament against the Frenchman Quentin Halys, the global number 206.
That didnt end well for Haase. he lost in two sets: 6-3 and 6-4 and therefore does not know how to place himself for the main tournament. He turned in his service game against Halys in both sets and did not manage to use breakpoints himself. After an hour and a half it was ready for Haase.
Haase participated in the Australian Open ten times in a row from 2010 to 2019. In 2011 he made the third round. Last year, he didnt travel to Melbourne because he had fallen into the world rankings.
Arantxa Rus is the only Dutch in the singles guaranteed a place at the Australian Open. For Kiki Bertens, the Grand Slam tournament is still too early. The Dutch number one is recovering from surgery on her Achilles tendon.
The qualifications for the Australian Open are not played in Melbourne due to the rigorous quarantine measures in Australia.