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Barty and Rogowska win first round qualifying matches in Hobart

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The qualifying rounds of the Hobart International 2017 began today with Australia's Ashleigh Barty fighting out a tough battle with Su Jeong Jang of South Korea, winning 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.  Australia’s Olivia Rogowska also stunned the top seed Karumi Nara of Japan, winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to go through to the second round of qualifying.

A slightly disappointed Barty said, “I was a little bit flat today. You know, just jumping off the plane and not being able to hit yesterday when we got in, but no stress. I’m just excited we get another crack tomorrow and hopefully we can improve on today.”

Rogowska meanwhile shared after her win, “I’m really pleased. I had a really good off-season and I knew I was hitting the ball well, so my goal today was to just keep calm, to believe in all my shots and everything I’ve been working on. First set wasn’t my best, but I got myself into the match and I’m pleased I could close it out.”

Barty will take on fourth seeded American Nicole Gibbs in the second round tomorrow, while Rogoswka will square off against another American in Sachia Vickery. Gibbs eased past Ana Bogdan of Romania 6-4, 6-2, while Vickery crushed Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-1, 6-0.

The day didn’t go as well for fellow Australian’s Tammi Patterson and Storm Sanders (WA) who lost their opening qualifying matches.

ORDER OF PLAY QUALIFYING – SATURDAY 7 JANUARY 2017

CENTRE COURT start 10:00 am

T. Martincova (CZE) vs [7] M. Minella (LUX)

[4] N. Gibbs (USA) vs [WC] A. Barty (AUS)

[WC] O. Rogowska (AUS) vs S. Vickery (USA)

COURT EVENTS TASMANIA start 10:00 am

B. Haas (AUT) vs V. Cepede Royg (PAR)

E. Alexandrova (RUS) vs [6] R. Ozaki (JPN)

T. Maria (GER) or D. Galfi (HUN) vs E. Mertens (BEL)

COURT TRIPLE M start 10:00 am

S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs J. Fett (CRO)

[Alt] T. Pereira (BRA) vs C. Burger (NED)