Sugita and Lee one step closer to Australian Open

Asian hopefuls Yuichi Sugita and Duck Hee Lee advanced to the next round of qualifying for the Australian Open main draw on Wednesday.

Sugita breezed past Australian hopeful Marc Polmans 6-1, 6-1 to reach the second round of the qualifying event.

After a double break of serve saw the Japanese player move to a 5-0 lead, Polmans would save three set points to hold his first service game.

The second set went in similar vein as Sugita was simply too good for Polmans, closing out the match in just 58 minutes.

Later in the day, South Korea’s Lee showed great mental toughness to battle back from a set down to defeat Nicolas Kicker 5-7, 7-5, 6-1.

The 18-year-old deaf player is making a bid to reach the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time.

Lee was on the back foot after dropping two breaks of serve on his way to losing the opening set.

However, despite being 4-1 down in the second, the South Korean rallied to break back three times and force a deciding set, which he blitzed in just 40-minutes for a memorable victory.

Elsewhere, Japanese hopefuls Go Soeda, Hiroki Moriya and Yuya Kibi also advanced to the second round as they compete to be one of 16 qualifiers.

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