Marc Polmans has quickly taken revenge for a bit of Aussie-bashing by 16-year-old Arthur Fils as he knocked out the brilliant teenage home hope in qualifying at the French Open.
Polmans schooled the Parisian youngster who’d knocked out Bernard Tomic on the opening day of qualifiers to lead a parade of four Australians into the final round of qualifying at Roland Garros on Wednesday.
Along with Aleksandar Vukic, Ellen Perez and Storm Sanders, Melburnian Polmans will face a one-off contest on Thursday to land a hard-earned place in the main draw of the clay-court slam.
The Australian No.8 Polmans did what Tomic was unable to achieve as he took the considerable weapons of young Fils in his stride, played with a solidity the youngster could not match as he sprayed around 43 unforced errors and prevailed comfortably 6-1 6-3 in 67 minutes.
He’ll next tackle the rising world No.128 Bernabe Zapata Miralles, who’s in fine form, having recently won a Challenger tournament.
Australian performance of the day came from powerful Sydneysider Vukic, the world No.209 and ranked only 11 in Australia who had to come from a set down to beat seasoned Serbian Viktor Troicki 3-6 6-2 6-4 with the helping of 29 blistering winners and nine aces.
Vukic will meet American Bjorn Fratangelo, who’s ranked 12 places higher than him in his qualifying decider.
Perez has being doing it the hard way in qualifying, the Shellharbour left-hander again being taken to the brink by Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru before prevailing 6-0 4-6 7-6 (7-2) in a two hours 37 minute slog.
The 25-year-old may, though, have her work cut out in her third round qualifier against Belgian Greet Minnen, the 17th seed.
Rockhampton’s Sanders continued an excellent year that’s seen her clamber from 282 to 161 in the WTA rankings by defeating Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay 6-2 6-4 in just 70 minutes and set up a decider with Swiss Susan Bandecchi.
Bandecchi, who’s ranked 58 places below Sanders on the computer, earned a notable win over 10th seed Tsvetana Pironkova.