Xinyu Wang and Soon Woo Kwon have booked a place at January’s Australian Open after the pair triumphed in the Asia-Pacific wildcard play-offs.
Chinese teenager Wang is on course to be the youngest participant in the women’s draw in Melbourne after the 16-year-old beat Papua New Guinea’s Abigail Tere-Apisah 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
The world number 763 was on the verge of defeat at 5-3 down in the second set, but fought back to seal her first place in a Grand Slam tournament.
??'s 16-year-old Wang Xinyu won the AO wildcard championship turning around from 2 points to go away?She will have her grand slam debut in January? #Breakthrough4ChineseTennis pic.twitter.com/8WAWyFVqhO
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“It’s probably the most important day in my life so far,” said Wang.
“I want to become an excellent player like Li Na and Zheng Jie. I will work hard to achieve this goal.”
Top seed Kwon was a comfortable victor in the men’s draw after the South Korean thrashed China’s Zhe Li 6-1, 6-1 in a final that lasted less than an hour.
Top seeds Kwon, Doi begin with wins in Zhuhai #tennis @TennisAustralia: Soon Woo Kwon from South Korea and Misaki Doi of Japan – top seeds in the Asia-Pacific Wildcard… https://t.co/D0lHjwRHDB pic.twitter.com/H9M11OMBnN
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Kwon said: “I’m really happy that I could win.
“I went through some tough moments recently, so the win gave me something good to end the season on a good note.”