Rodionova alone as surprise Aussie survivor
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.