Tennis

Canadian teen Felix Auger-Aliassime advances at Miami Open qualifying

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.

New champion Bianca Andreescu will play 1st match on Wednesday

Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime, pictured at last week's BNP Paribas Open, won his first qualifying match at the Miami Open on Monday. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

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.

WATCH | Highlights from Andreescu's historic win at Indian Wells:

The 18-year-old from Mississauga stunned the tennis world as she upset world No. 8 Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, to win the BNP Paribas Open, becoming the youngest player to win the tournament since Serena Williams in 1999. 2:19

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.

WATCH | Coach pleads with Andreescu to keep battling:

Andreescu's 3rd set conversation with coach Sylvain Bruneau was the turning point in her match as she went on to break the next game and eventually win her 1st career WTA title. 1:07

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