By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 12, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – The qualifying tournament at Australian Open 2013 came to a close on Saturday with the 12 women’s and 16 men’s qualifiers completing the main draw of the tournament.
Brisbane semifinalist and women’s top seed Lesia Tsurenko easily disposed of her final round opponent in Turk Cagla Buyukakcay 6-3, 6-1. She will play 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in a repeat of their Brisbane semifinal on Tuesday.
Fifth seed Yung-Jan Chan of Taipei defeated Ying-Ying Duan 6-3, 6-1 and has been gifted with a first round appearance against Daniela Hantuchova who has beaten her in their two previous appearances.
The remaining Australian hope in qualifying fell in the final round as Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal defeated Arina Rodionova in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
In men’s qualifying action, second seed Ricardas Berankis experienced little resistance in defeating Chile’s Paul Capdeville 6-2 6-1 in just under one hour and will face Sergiy Stakhovsky on Tuesday.
Third seed and former top 30 player Dudi Sela came back from a set down to overcome Germany’s Michael Berrer in three sets and will come up against former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko.
Jamie Baker pleased the vocal British fans supporting him in the crowd as he overcame Donald Young in three sets on court 6 late in the afternoon. Baker has been gifted with a first round match against Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon conqueror Lukas Rosol on Tuesday.
Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @JackattackAU.