Canadian teen Felix Auger-Aliassime advances at Miami Open qualifying
New champion Bianca Andreescu will play 1st match on Wednesday
Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced to the final round of qualifying at the Miami Open tennis tournament with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Italy's Luca Vanni.
The 18-year-old from Montreal had nine aces in the match and saved 13-of-16 break points he faced, while converting five of his 10 break point opportunities.
Auger-Aliassime, ranked second in the qualifying draw and 57th in the world, next faces world No. 107 Paolo Lorenzi of Italy for a spot in the main draw.
The Canadian is looking to continue his successful 2019 season, which includes an appearance in the final of the Rio Open last month.
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Earlier, Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont., was defeated 7-6 (4), 7-5 by fourth-seeded American Mackenzie McDonald.
Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., the second seed in women's qualifying, was upset 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 by Japan's Nao Hibino.
Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., a winner last week at Indian Wells, is in the women's main draw and will play her first match on Wednesday against Irina-Camelia Begu. Milos Raonic of Thornhill (12) and Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., (20) are seeded in the men's main draw and have first-round byes.
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