Arantxa Rus has reached the second round of the Australian Open for the first time since 2011. The Dutchman was surprisingly too strong for the Polish Magda Linette in the night from Monday to Tuesday (Dutch time).
The 29-year-old Russian seemed to be playing a hopeless match based on the first set, but fought back well and withdrew after two hours and fifteen minutes: 1-6, 6-3 and 6-4. The number 93 in the world leaned on its strong first service and made a lot fewer unnecessary mistakes than Linette (51 to 36).
The surprising victory ensures that Rus is in the second round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2012. At the time, she reached the eighth finals at Roland Garros and the third round at Wimbledon.
Russian's best result at the Australian Open is still reaching the second round in 2011. The born South Holland player then only won the main tournament of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year in 2012 and 2013. This year she was placed directly thanks to her ranking.
For a place in the third round, Rus awaits a tough game against Madison Keys. The American placed tenth settled in her opening game with the Russian Daria Kasatkina.