Shahar Pe’er and Julia Glushko both safely overcame their first hurdle at the Australian Open qualifiers on Thursday. The Israelis will need to come through three rounds of qualifiers in Melbourne to reach the main draw of the first Grand Slam of the year.
Pe’er, ranked No. 117 in the world, beat Canadian Francoise Abanda (202) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to set up a meeting on Friday with Anastasia Rodionova (190) of Australia.
Glushko (153) will face China’s Yafan Wang (179) in the second round on Friday after beating Patricia Maria Tig of Romania (215) 7-6(6), 7-5.
“I’m really happy about the win,” said Glushko, who progressed past three rounds of qualifiers to reach the main draw at her first tournament of the year in Auckland, New Zealand.