January 13, 2021
British 20-year-old reaches main draw with rapid qualifying winShe now heads to Melbourne for 14 days of quarantineBritain’s Francesca Jones has qualified for the Australian Open, defeating Lu Jia-Jing of China 6-0, 6-1 in just 61 minutes to reach the main draw of a grand slam tournament for the first time.
Francesca Jones qualifies for Australian Open to continue remarkable rise
Despite being one of the lowest ranked players in the field and only making the cut-off in December after some withdrawals, the 20-year-old marked her first appearance in an overseas grand slam qualifying draw by defeating three higher-ranked players and producing her best Tennis under the notorious pressure of the final qualifying round. The victory has secured Jones at least A$100,000 (£56,556), by far the biggest earnings of her career. It also led to an emotional phone call with her parents, who she moved away from aged nine to join the Sánchez-Casal academy in Barcelona.
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