Australian Open: Francesca Jones qualifies for first Grand Slam tournament

‘Doctors said I would never become a professional’

Britain’s Francesca Jones qualified for a Grand Slam for the first time with a crushing victory over Lu Jiajing in the final round of Australian Open qualifying.

The 20-year-old beat China’s Lu 6-0 6-1 in just one hour and one minute.

Jones was playing in her first overseas Grand Slam qualifying draw at the tournament in Dubai.

“I’m just super happy to qualify and really looking forward to getting out to Oz,” she said.

“I’ve never been before and I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing experience.”

In reaching the main draw, Jones defeated former world top 30 and top 100 players Monica Niculescu and Jana Fett before her over world number 200 Lu.

The Australian Open takes place in Melbourne from 8-21 February.

It was scheduled to start on 18 January but was pushed back three weeks because of the quarantine restrictions imposed by Victoria state government officials.

Players must quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in Melbourne

BBC News