Tennis

Canada's Andreescu advances to 2nd round of Australian Open qualifying

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu advanced to the second round of Australian Open qualifiers on Wednesday when her opponent Katie Swan retired from their first-round match.

Fellow Canadians Sebov, Schnur fail to move on

Canada's Bianca Andreescu is one step closer to reaching the Australian Open main draw after advancing in qualifying on Wednesday. (Chris Symes/The Associated Press)

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu advanced to the second round of Australian Open qualifiers on Wednesday when her opponent Katie Swan retired from their first-round match. 

The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., won the first set 6-1 and her British opponent withdrew before the second set.

Andreescu converted on three-of-seven break points and had eight winners to Swan's five.

Andreescu, coming off a finals appearance at the ASB Classic in New Zealand, began the week ranked No. 107. Swan is No. 181.

Andreescu needs to win three consecutive qualifying matches to get into the main draw of the Australian Open.  

Toronto's Katherine Sebov was ousted in straight sets in her first qualifying match earlier Wednesday.

Canada's Schnur eliminated

The 20-year-old Sebov fell 6-1, 6-4 to Jessika Ponchet of France.

Ponchet had three aces and won 90 per cent of her first-service points. The 22-year-old had 15 unforced errors to Sebov's 33.

Sebov is ranked No. 200 in the WTA. Ponchet is No. 240.

Brayden Schnur was the second Canadian of the day to get knocked from the qualifying bracket. The Pickering, Ont., player fell 6-4, 6-3 to the 176th-ranked Kamil Majchrzak of Poland. Schnur is No. 197.

Andreescu, Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal and Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont., all play in the second round of the three-round qualifying event on Thursday.

Auger-Aliassime, the No. 2 seed in men's qualifying, faces American Christopher Eubanks, Polansky meets Blaz Rona of Slovenia and Andreescu battles Valentini Grammatikopoulou of Greece.

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