Players brave strong winds on day two of qualifying

4 January 2014, by Leigh Rogers

Strong winds presented a challenge to players on day two of Hobart International qualifying matches, with wind in excess of 100 kilometres an hour making for less than ideal conditions.

Spanish fourth seed Silvia Soler-Espinosa battled through a see-sawing second round match against Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlavackova.

Soler-Espinosa knocked the reigning US Open doubles champion out of the draw with a 6-3 2-6 6-3 victory on centre court.

“It was very tough to play today. It was so windy,” Soler-Espinosa said post-match.

“The wind made it hard to play your game. You just have to try and put the ball in and be prepared to move a lot. Staying positive all the time was important today.”

Ninth seed Alison Van Uytvck of Belgium struggled early in her match against Serbia’s Jovana Jaksic, but recovered to prevail 2-6 6-4 6-4.

Van Uytvck now faces a showdown with countrywoman An-Sophie Mestach in the final round of qualifying tomorrow.

Mestach beat seventh seed Lara Arruabarrena of Spain 6-4 6-0 in the second round.

American players Sachia Vickery and Madison Brengle will also go head-to-head in the final round tomorrow, with a main draw position the reward for the winner.

Vickery was the first winner of the day, beating Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic 6-3 6-3, with Brengle following her compatriot’s lead with a 6-4 7-6(0) win against France’s Alize Lim.

Main draw singles and doubles matches begin tomorrow, as well as the final round of qualifying matches.

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