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Friday, 11 January 2019

Australian youngster books maiden Open spot


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Australian youngster Astra Sharma has booked a spot in her maiden Grand Slam with a thrilling win in the Australian Open qualifiers.

Sharma sealed her position in the 2019 tournament after prevailing 12-10 in a pulsating third set tiebreak over Russia's Irina Khromacheva.

Incredibly, by winning her match against Khromacheva, Sharma was able to eclipse her career prize money tally of just over $72,000 AUD, given the fact that a spot in the Australian Open main draw guarantees her a minimum pay day of $75,000.

The 23-year-old will be one of eight women in the main draw making their first Grand Slam appearance.

Astra Sharma

Sharma, a college tennis star at Vanderbilt University in the United States, put her medical degree on hold in order to pursue a professional tennis career, and making her first Grand Slam will go a long way to vindicating her decision.

The Australian did not have an easy path to qualifying for this year's tournament, even having to defeat former world No.2 Vera Zvonareva en-route to the Open.

The win over Zvonareva was Sharma's first win over a top 100 ranked player and capped off an incredible 12 months.

The West Australian native appeared in 14 tournaments in 2018 and took out three ITF titles, finishing the year with a career-high ranking of 225.

Australian youngster Astra Sharma has booked a spot in her maiden Grand Slam with a thrilling win in the Australian Open qualifiers.

Sharma sealed her position in the 2019 tournament after prevailing 12-10 in a pulsating third set tiebreak over Russia's Irina Khromacheva.

Incredibly, by winning her match against Khromacheva, Sharma was able to eclipse her career prize money tally of just over $72,000 AUD, given the fact that a spot in the Australian Open main draw guarantees her a minimum pay day of $75,000.

The 23-year-old will be one of eight women in the main draw making their first Grand Slam appearance.

Astra Sharma

Sharma, a college tennis star at Vanderbilt University in the United States, put her medical degree on hold in order to pursue a professional tennis career, and making her first Grand Slam will go a long way to vindicating her decision.

The Australian did not have an easy path to qualifying for this year's tournament, even having to defeat former world No.2 Vera Zvonareva en-route to the Open.

The win over Zvonareva was Sharma's first win over a top 100 ranked player and capped off an incredible 12 months.

The West Australian native appeared in 14 tournaments in 2018 and took out three ITF titles, finishing the year with a career-high ranking of 225.

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