Amir Weintraub overcame the first hurdle on the way to the Australian Open main draw on Wednesday, defeating Luke Saville 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the qualifiers in Melbourne.
Weintraub, ranked No. 207 in the world, is aiming to reach the main draw of a Grand Slam event for just the second time in his career after progressing to the second round of the Australian Open in 2013.
The 29-year-old Israeli will face Daniel Evans (185) of Great Britain in the second round of the qualifiers on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Julia Glushko (128) and Shahar Pe’er (175) will also be in action in the first round of the women’s qualifiers on Thursday.
Glushko, aiming to return to the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2014 US Open, faces Eri Hozumi (190) of Japan, while Pe’er, who has also failed to reach a major main draw since 2014, comes up against Czech Kristyna Pliskova (117).
Also, Yoni Erlich and Colin Fleming couldn’t build on their win over the Bryan brothers at the Sydney International, losing 7-6 (0), 4-6, 10-6 to Thomaz Bellucci and Leonardo Mayer in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
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