Tennis star Indy de Vroome has secured a memorable victory in the second qualifying round of the Australian Open. The Brabant player left many opportunities unused against Dalma Galfi, suffered from injuries, but did make it to the decisive qualifying round: 6-4, 6-7 (9), 7-6 (10-6).
The 25-year-old De Vroome came back from 5-0 behind the Hungarian in the second set and then missed a match point in the tiebreak.
She lost another match point in set three at 5-4, let her opponent come back, but then struck in the decisive super tiebreak on her sixth match point.
“I’m having a hard time physically now”, De Vroome confessed from Melbourne, while at the same time she was recovering from her efforts in an ice bath.
“I got problems with my groin and hamstring in the third set and I could hardly serve anymore. After that it was time to play through the pain, but I am proud that it worked.”
“We now have to wait to see how my body reacts to it. I will have a doctor look at it on Thursday,” says De Vroome, who has had to deal with Lyme disease in the past.
It is the first time that 25-year-old De Vroome has made it to the last qualifying round of a grand slam tournament. Despite her physical discomfort, the global number 252 wants to go full for her dream chance to make her grand slam debut in Melbourne next week.
“I’m going to hit the track anyway, although I’m sure it will be with some painkillers. I’ve always felt I had it in me to get close to the main draw of a grand slam tournament. So I don’t want to deprive myself of this opportunity. I’m going doing everything about it.”
Haase and Van Rijthoven eliminated
In the men’s race, Robin Haase and Tim van Rijthoven were eliminated in the second heat. Both tennis players lost narrowly, but were unable to make the difference at the decisive moments.
Haase lost 7-5, 7-6 (2) to Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin. Van Rijthoven, who made his debut in the qualifications of a grand slam tournament a round earlier, lost to the German Yannick Hanfmann: 6-7 (8), 6-7 (3).
On Thursday, three more Dutchmen will take action in the second qualifying round in Melbourne: Arianne Hartono and Richèl Hogenkamp for the women and Jesper de Jong for the men.