Ro­di­onova alone as sur­prise Aussie sur­vivor

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

WIM­BLE­DON bolter Arina Ro­di­onova will tonight try to ex­tend an un­likely pas­sage as Aus­tralia’s lone All Eng­land Club sur­vivor.

Rated Aus­tralia’s third- best fe­male hope be­hind 20th seed Daria Gavrilova and Wim­ble­don ju­nior win­ner Ash Barty, Ro­di­onova stands alone at the home of ten­nis.

The world No. 166 is in un­charted ter­ri­tory after win­ning three qual­i­fy­ing matches and sav­ing seven match points in a thrilling 3- 6 7- 6 ( 7- 5) 9- 7 win against Rus­sian 16th seed Anas­ta­sia Pav­lyuchenkova on Tues­day night.

Mar­ried to Hawthorn for­ward Ty Vickery, Ro­di­onova faces Kazakh wild­card Za­rina Diyas for a place in the third round.

But the 27- year- old had lit­tle in­ter­est in fo­cus­ing on Diyas after post­ing the most im­por­tant win of her ca­reer.

“Con­sid­er­ing that it’s at a grand slam, this is def­i­nitely the big­gest win of my ca­reer,” Ro­di­onova said after se­cur­ing a pro­vi­sional per­sonal- best rank­ing of No. 131.

“I had a top- 20 win a few years ago against ( Kaia) Kanepi, but this one means so much more to me. It’s just great tim­ing.”

Ro­di­onova is guar­an­teed prize­money of about $ 100,000. The tri­umph was her first at grand slam level, hav­ing logged first- round de­feats dat­ing back to 2011.

Arina Ro­di­onova of Aus­tralia.

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