Arantxa Rus cannot be lucky with reaching the second round on Tuesday at the Australian Open. 29-year-old Delft student sees this achievement as a reward for a year of hard work.

"It is a very nice feeling to be in the second round of a Grand Slam tournament. I know I can do it, because I have already shown it a number of times. I know I have it and I am "We are very happy that we have now succeeded", said Rus after her victory at the Polish Magda Linette (1-6, 6-3 and 6-4) against the NOS .

Rus qualified for the second round of the Australian Open for the first time since 2011 and for the first time since 2012 for the second round of a Grand Slam tournament. In the following years she ended up outside the top 100 of the world ranking and currently occupies the 93rd place.

"We only worked on my base last year, because it had become very bad. I think that everything had to be improved. We tackled it very simply. First I just had to hit ten balls in a row and of continue to work from that ", says Rus.

Arantxa Rus during her match against Magda Linette. (Photo: Pro Shots)

"It will be difficult for Keys, but I'll just go for it"

Rus showed Linette that he had sufficient resilience. She quickly fell 0-5 in the first set, but then pulled the longest because her service started running and she made a lot less unnecessary mistake than her opponent.

"She was going to make mistakes, but that was also because of my game. My balls came through harder. Even after the first set, I felt that I could win this game if I played my own game. That sounds strange, but I came across very quickly in the second set. I continued that line in the third set, "said Rus.

Rus is waiting Wednesday for a spot in the third round a tough game against Madison Keys, one of the outsiders for the title. The American placed tenth easily settled the Russians Daria Kasatkina (6-3 and 6-1) in her opening game.

"It's going to be difficult, but I'm just going for it. Today's girl was also a lot higher than me, I beat her," concluded Rus, who had never been in the third round of the Australian Open and therefore against Keys. can achieve her best result ever in Melbourne.