Asian pair secure Australian Open spots

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.

“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.

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.”

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