Tennis

Canada's Marino qualifies for French Open with win over Australia's Mendez

Vancouver's Rebecca Marino qualified for the French Open with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Australia's Seone Mendez on Friday.

31-year-old Vancouver native to take part in main draw for 1st time since 2011

Rebecca Marino of Canada, seen here in action against during the 2022 Adelaide International in January, qualified for the French Open on Friday with a win over Australia's Seone Mendez. (Sarah Reed/Getty Images)

Vancouver's Rebecca Marino qualified for the French Open with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Australia's Seone Mendez on Friday.

Marino will face 18th-seeded American Coco Gauff in the first round as she takes part in the main draw of the clay-court Grand Slam for the first time since 2011.

She made it to the third round that year before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Marino was eliminated in qualifying at Roland Garros in 2019 and 2021.

She joins 17th-seed Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., and 2019 U.S. Open winner Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., in the women's main draw.

Ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal and 14th-seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., are in the men's main draw.

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