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Sports Canadians Schnur, Diez through 1st round in Australian Open qualifying

09:15  15 january  2020
09:15  15 january  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

Canada's Denis Shapovalov draws Hungary's Marton Fucsovics at Australian Open

  Canada's Denis Shapovalov draws Hungary's Marton Fucsovics at Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia — Top Canadian Denis Shapovalov will begin play at the Australian Open against an unfamiliar opponent. The No. 13 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., will square off with world No. 66 Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in the opening round of the first Grand Slam of the season. It will be the first career meeting between the two players. The draw was held Thursday. Shapovalov, 20 opened the 2020 season with wins against top-10 players Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Cup before losing in a third-set tiebreak against No. 2 Novak Djokovic at the team event.

Australian Open 2020 will kick off with a concert raising money for the Red Cross bushfire appeal. So many Australians have been affected by these bushfires and AO have joined with Jessica Mauboy to raise money for communities in need.

Diez ’s best career result at a Grand Slam was reaching the third round of qualifiers at the 2016 If Polansky or Diez can advance through qualifying , it would give Canada a record six players in Five Canadian men played this year at Wimbledon, at the 2018 U.S. Open and the 1990 Australian Open .

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 05: Look on Brayden Schnur (CAN) during the ATP Coupe Rogers first round match on August 5, 2019 at IGA Stadium in Montréal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)© Icon Sportswire (A Division of XML Team Solutions) All Rights Reserved MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 05: Look on Brayden Schnur (CAN) during the ATP Coupe Rogers first round match on August 5, 2019 at IGA Stadium in Montréal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Canadians cruised in the first round of Australian Open qualifying on Tuesday.

Brayden Schnur, Steven Diez and Leylah Annie Fernandez all joined Eugenie Bouchard in moving one step closer to the main draw with key opening victories.

Schnur, from Toronto, was the only Canadian to require the full match distance. After dropping the first 6-2 to Austria's Sebastian Ofner, the third-seeded Schnur responded with 6-3 and 6-4 victories in the final two sets to move on.

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez advances in Australian Open qualifiers

  Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez advances in Australian Open qualifiers MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez toppled Romania's Patricia Maria Tig 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday in a first-round qualifier at the Australian Open that originally began a day earlier. Fernandez, from Laval, Que., was leading Tig 6-2, 4-1 when play was suspended on Wednesday because of rain. Meanwhile, Canadian Peter Polansky made a quick exit in qualifying on Thursday. Polansky, from Thornhill, Ont., was ousted by France'sFernandez, from Laval, Que., was leading Tig 6-2, 4-1 when play was suspended on Wednesday because of rain.

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Canada 's Eugenie Bouchard rallied to beat China's Xiaodi You 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 on Tuesday in her first qualifying match at the Australian Open . Canadians Leylah Annie Fernandez, Steven Diez , Peter Polansky and Brayden Schnur all play first - round qualifying

In Tuesday’s opening qualifying round for AO2020, she looked to be heading for the exit against Xiaodi You, a little-known Chinese player ranked Bouchard had arrived in Melbourne in good form after reaching the ASB Classic quarterfinals last week, but for most of the opening two sets she was

Diez, also from Toronto, made quick work of Barbados' Darian King 6-2, 6-2.

Fernandez, the 17-year-old from of Laval, Que., had her match against No. 7 Patricia Maria Tig suspended with the Canadian leading 6-2, 4-1.

The teenager won last season's junior French Open, and the match against Tig represents her first career pro appearance at a Grand Slam.

A day earlier, Westmount, Que.'s Eugenie Bouchard fought through poor air quality to beat China's You Xiaodi 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1.

"I felt like it was tough to breathe and a bit nauseous," the Canadian said. "I felt like the conditions got worse as the match went on… but I was out there for a long time.

"As an athlete we want to be very careful, our physical health is one of the most important things. It's not ideal to play in these conditions. Just like the heat rule, there should be an air quality rule."

Canada's Peter Polansky was yet to play his first-round match.

Australian Open qualifying begins despite poor air quality .
MELBOURNE, Australia — Smoke haze and poor air quality caused by wildfires temporarily suspended practice sessions for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, but qualifying began later in the morning in “very poor” conditions and amid complaints by at least one player who was forced to forfeit her match. At the Kooyong Classic exhibition in Melbourne, former No. 1-ranked Maria Sharapova struggled in the heat and smoke and her match against Laura Siegemund was called off late in the second set. Siegemund won the first set in a tiebreaker but players and officials decided to stop play at 5-5 in the second.

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